Friday, Aug. 11, is National 811 Day (8/11, get it?), a yearly reminder that – for safety purposes – you should contact 811 before starting any project that requires digging. Contacting 811 is the law, and it can potentially save you from an expensive repair bill and/or a serious injury or even death.
At least two business days before starting your project, contact 811 to submit your request for marking the lines on your property, which is a free service. Member utilities, including us, will let you know when they have completed marking any underground cables or pipelines on your property.
Remember that some underground lines – private lines – are not marked by 811 services. Examples of these private lines are electric or water lines to a pool, lines to septic tanks, electric lines to sheds, gas lines to a grill, or landscape lighting, lawn sprinkler systems, invisible pet fences, etc. Basically, if the utility is installed from the meter to another location on your property, it will not be marked.