Why You Need Both Public and Private Locator Services
Many homeowners today are looking to do more and more DIY projects in their homes. And sometimes, it is not only small repair jobs at home that they want to do but even massive projects outside the home. You project may involved digging or excavating part of your property so, before you start your project you need to know if there are public utility lines underneath the area that you are going to dig and what these utility line are for. It is not only public utility lines that you should know about but there can also be private utility lines underneath. So, any project that involves digging or excavating, whether you are uprooting a rotting tree or building a fence for your property, you need to know what lies underneath the ground before doing any type of digging because you dont want to find yourself responsible for damaging any utility lines and making the whole community suffer for it. And this makes it necessary to use both public and private locator services.
If you hire locator services, you will know what utility lines are underneath even before you start your project. If there are private utilities underground, you will not find them using public locator services. You dont use a public locator to find private utility lines so you will also need to hire the services of a private locator. If you call 811, there you can ask them for information on where public utilities are located. And private locators can tell you where private utilities are. If you want to find all utility lines under your property, then you need to call both public and private locator services.
There are many types of utility lines that can be buried underground. Underground water lines are the source of the water that goes inside our homes. You can also find electrical power lines that can be a hazard if it is hit and broken. When metals are hit, they create sparks and when this is combined with gas that escapes from a broken gas pipe, then this can make a huge explosion. Using 811 services, you can have them mark out the public utilities for you to prevent these dangerous situations.
Private utility locator services should also be called to mark out private utility lines in your property. Private locator services can help you identify the lines of electricity and plumbing of your detached garage. You will have a difficult time looking for these private lines without professional help.
So, you need to contact both 811 and your private locator service before doing any digging on your property.