Building a deck? Planting a tree? Installing a mailbox? If you
hit an underground utility line while
digging, you can harm yourself or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, and potentially be responsible for fines and repair costs.
The new number you should call before you begin
any digging project is 811.
This new, federally-mandated national "Call Before You Dig" number, was created to help protect you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines while working on digging projects. People digging often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked due to concerns about project delays, costs and previous calls about other projects. These assumptions can be life-threatening.
Every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees or shrubs.
Getting your lines marked is quick and easy with 811. When you dial this number, your call is forwarded to the One Call Center in your area for processing. Local One Call Center operators record the location of the dig and then notify the affected utility companies of your digging plans. Your utility companies then dispatch a professional locating crew to mark the approximate location of your lines within a few days.
Be sure to call 811 a few days in advance of your scheduled dig to allow time for the request to be processed. Once your lines are marked, you will know their approximate location so you can dig safely. Knowing what's below will protect you, your family and your neighbors.
Don't assume you know what's below. Protect yourself and those around you – Call 811 every time.
Smart digging means calling 811 before each job. Whether you are a homeowner or a professional excavator, one call to 811 gets your underground utility lines marked for FREE.