By now, you may know that you should call Texas811 before beginning an outdoor home or property improvement project. But according to a recent survey by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), a organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines, 48 percent of American homeowners who plan to dig this year for DIY yard projects like landscaping, installing a fence or putting in a deck or patio don’t plan on calling 811 to learn the approximate location of underground utilities, putting themselves and their communities at risk.
Don’t be that neighbor who causes serious injuries, service disruptions and repair costs by digging before you know the location of underground utilities first. Here are a few misguided reasons homeowners think they don’t need to call Texas811 before they dig:
- “No worries! I already know where all the utility lines are.” (Nice try, but you may not really know about the exact location of all of them.)
- “I’m sure I won’t be digging deeply enough to damage any lines.” (Utilities may be found just a few inches below the surface due to erosion or other topographical problems.)
- “This is just a tiny project—I can figure it out.” (Big or small, Texas811 handles it all.)
- “I don’t want to bother them—they probably have bigger projects to handle first.” (Calling is no bother, but digging into a line will be.)
- “I’m in a hurry and want to get rolling on this as soon as possible.” (Call Texas811 at least two working days prior to digging, and your yard utilities will be marked. Plan ahead).
- “Digging without calling first isn’t a legal thing.” (Yes, it’s the law!)
So help protect your property, your neighborhood and your safety by calling Texas811 before you dig!