Why You Need Both Public and Private Locator Services
Many homeowners today are looking to do more and more DIY projects in their homes. Now, they dont only want to do small home repair jobs but they are not thinking of doing massive projects outside their homes. 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. Also remember that it is not only public utility lines that can be located underneath, but it is possibly to also have private pipes and cables below too. Whatever type of project you are undertaking that involves digging the ground, it is very important to find out what pipes and cable are underneath so you will be careful not to damage any of these lines since the whole community will suffer if that happens. This is why it is important to use the services or a public utility locator and a private locator as well.
Locator services are very important since you will know what utility lines are under the property even before starting your project. Public locator services cannot point out private utility lines. 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.
Many types of utility lines are buried underground. Underground water lines are the source of the water that goes inside our homes. When an electrical power line under your property it hit and broken, then it can be extremely dangerous. 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. If you want to prevent these dangerous situations, then you need to call 811 to mark out the public utility lines for you.
Private utility locator services should also be called to mark out private utility lines in your property. The utility lines going to your detached garage can be identified by your private locator service. Without professional help, these private lines are hard to find.
So, you need to contact both 811 and your private locator service before doing any digging on your property.