Know What’s Below…Call 811 Before You Dig!
August 6, 2021
Today, more and more of the utility companies that supply your home or business with power, heat, water, telephone, sewer, gas, and cable television service are delivering those services underground. It is also possible that these buried service lines are close to the surface, making digging a dangerous endeavor.
Fortunately, you can find out where public utility-owned lines are buried on your property. Before starting any home improvement or other projects that involve digging, be sure to call 811 before you dig. By calling 811, you can avoid potentially hazardous situations such as causing an explosion by cutting a gas line, or causing a widespread power outage by slicing through an electric line when digging!
This service contacts all local utilities that might have underground lines running through the area that you are planning to dig and those utilities will have professional locators mark their buried lines, free of charge.
Remember, it’s important to know what’s below before you dig — always call 811. For more information about safe digging and the “Call Before You Dig” process, visit nc811.org.