Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 before each job. Call811.com has information and recommendations for planting trees and hedges, installing a pond, fence, mailbox, deck or pouring concrete.
A utility line is damaged by digging once every three minutes nationwide. One-third of these incidents are caused by failure to call 811 before beginning a digging project. Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and outages. Every digging project – even small projects like installing a mailbox, building a deck or planting a tree or garden – warrants a call to 811.
America’s natural gas utilities urge you to call 811 before you dig.
When calling 811, the individual is automatically connected to the local one-call center which collects information about the digging project. The one-call center then transmits this information to the appropriate utility companies who will send representatives to mark the locations of underground lines in the immediate vicinity of the planned work location.