Wow, it’s May already! I don’t know about you, but this year is speeding past. I was in a big box home improvement store over the weekend looking at all the lawn furniture and fertilizer and etc. and the thought crossed my mind that it will only seem like a few weeks before Halloween stuff is up!
A couple of weeks ago I talked about how I called 811 to get a locate done for a water line replacement at the house. The update is that the work went smoothly, and the original 1936 water line is now a thing of the past.
Good thing, too. While it started as a ¾ inch line in 1936, by 2017 it was down to maybe a half inch due to 81 years of corrosion.
The new line is 1 inch PEX, and the difference it makes in house water volume and pressure is night and day.
BUT – remember that the key to this project was making the call to 811 first, in order to get all clears from utility companies before the trench was dug to expose the old water line.
It really was easy to do. One free call on Monday morning, and by Tuesday afternoon my electric, gas and telecommunications lines in the immediate vicinity had an all clear on them – well in advance of the standard 48 hours allotted for having lines marked after the 811 call.
The trench following the original water line ended up running 87 feet, before making a left hand 45 degree turn and diving under the house – where it hooked up to the house’s internal copper plumbing system only two feet in.
Are you planning work around your house this spring? A fence? A mailbox on a post? A water supply line? A sprinkler system?
Actually, a sprinkler system is next – which will require a new call to 811. The water line job only needed half of the front yard marked. The sprinkler system will be front, back and sides for an all-clear first.
And if you’re wondering what happens if you don’t call 811 first – well, we’re having another Safety Day Mock Line Strike/PipelineResponse event this Friday, May 5th, in Midland.
Here’s information: http://diggingtexas811.com/pipeline/meeting/81
And here’s a video link to what you’ll see, this is from last week’s event in Victoria, Texas. http://www.crossroadstoday.com/story/35272023/first-responders-practice-safety-measures-during-mock-gas-line-strike
Come on out and join us! If you can’t make Midland, we’re in Austin on May 11 and Fort Worth on May 13.
Until next week, safe digging!
By Scott Finley