There are many projects and tasks that you may want to do in your yard to make it more useful or beautiful. Some of these projects can be done easily but some of them are a little bit more involved. You may want to dig a fire pit, level and even out the yard, dig trenches for sprinklers, or plant a tree. Each one of these tasks require you to dig a substantial hole in the ground. Before you dig any of these kinds of holes, you will first want to make sure that you are not going to hit any kind of utility line such as gas, electric, fiber optic or any other utility. Below are a few of the reasons why you should always call a utility locating service before digging in your yard.

  1. Dangerous. The most important reason why you will not want to dig before you locate the utilities is that it can be extremely dangerous. You could hit a gas line which could cause a leak and potential explosion. You could hit an underground electrical cable which can cause electrocution. These are very serious situations that can cause injury or death.
  2. Interrupt Service. Another reason why you do not want to dig in your yard until the utility lines have been located is because you will not want to disrupt your service or the service of your neighbors. If you were to hit a cable or power line, the cable service or power could go out in people's homes. When this service is interrupted, it can take hours and even days to get it back up and running again.
  3. More Work. If you dig a large hole only to find a utility line runs right through the middle of the hole, you are going to have to do a lot more work. You are going to have to fill up the hole and dig a new one away from the utility. By not calling a utility locating service right away. You will increase the amount of work and time that it takes to get your project done. Do yourself a favor and call the utility locating service from the start so that you do not work more than you have to.

These are some of the main reasons why it is important to call a utility locating service any time you are planning a yard project that involves digging.

To get professional help, contact a company such as 1st Call Locating.