Digging Safely Around Underground Utilities

We deal with many construction processes at Randy Roan Construction, but one that comes up repeatedly is digging safety underground digging. This subject is incredibly important because there are many reasons to dig in the ground, but they need to be aware of the dangers, such as underground utility lines. 

Processes That One Might Need to Call Before Doing

A phone number exists to call before you begin to dig. If you are concerned about any aspect of the digging process, you should call 811 before you begin. This might include setting up a swimming pool, digging fence post holes, adding a patio, building a carport, or creating trenches in your yard. These are all processes that involve a significant amount of digging, of course, and they are also processes that you should always call 811 before beginning. The main reason for this is to learn about the possible existence of underground utility lines in the area. 

Striking a Utility Line Can Be Dangerous

There is a reason why the government is so adamant that anyone who wants to dig needs to request permission before doing so. The reason is that digging like this can cause one to potentially strike an underground utility line. If that happens, then the danger this poses to yourself and everyone else around you is no laughing matter. Thus, you will need to request government permission to ensure you don’t inadvertently strike a utility line. 

Not only is this bad for the city’s infrastructure, but it might also pose a risk to your health. Thus, you need to be sure that you get in touch ahead of time for your own safety. If a line is struck, it might also cause a massive leak that damages your property and could disrupt utility services for yourself and the people around you. 

Marked and Unmarked Utility Lines

Certain types of utilities are often marked by a special type of paint on the ground. However, there are also unmarked utility lines that also deserve your attention. If you know what to look out for, you can avoid the worst possible outcomes out there. 

Things that are often marked include the following: 

  • Cable TV lines
  • Telephone lines
  • Sewer and water mains
  • Natural gas supply lines

Utilities that are often NOT marked include the following: 

  • Lawn irrigation lines
  • Security system equipment
  • Low-voltage landscape wiring lines

It is very important to know the difference between the different types of lines and what to look out for before you begin digging. After all, you should avoid digging anywhere that has any risk at all of damaging utility lines of any kind. Determine how these different lines play a role in the surrounding landscape. If you have questions or concerns, always dial 811 before you start to do anything at all. They will have the information you require.