Working on an outdoor project? Always call 8-1-1 first, because you never know what's below. Here are five easy steps for safe digging:
Call 8-1-1 or make a request online two to three days before you start.
Wait two to three days for a response to your request. Affected utilities will send a locator to mark any underground utility lines.
Confirm that all affected utilities have responded by comparing the markers to the list of utilities the 8-1-1 call center notified.
Respect the markers provided by the affected utilities. They are your guide for the duration of your project.
5 Dig carefully
If you can't avoid digging near the markers (within 18-24 inches on all sides, depending on state laws), consider moving your project.
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