Are you planning a backyard project?
With spring here and summer on the horizon, many homeowners are ready to spruce up their backyards or take on a big project.
If you’re ready to plant new trees, build a deck or patio, add a pond, or do anything else that requires digging, make sure you know where underground utilities are before you break ground.Send me a Home Insurance Quote
Keep reading to learn who to call before you dig, how to identify different utility markings and how to keep yourself safe during an excavation project.
This is the national call-before-you-dig number. You or your contractor should call 811 to request the marking of buried utilities so you don’t accidentally damage an underground utility line. You can also contact 811 online through your state’s website.
Understand the different colors.
Once the buried utilities in your yard are marked, you may see different color markings. Here’s what they mean:
If you’re doing your own backyard digging project, make sure to stretch and warm up before you get started. Otherwise, you risk injuring yourself.
Use the right equipment.
Are the hand tools in your shed or garage enough, or do you need to rent equipment for your project? Do your research before you begin so you have the proper tools.
Contractors should be insured and bonded.
If you’re hiring a contractor for your digging or excavation project, check that they have insurance and are bonded. This protects you if they don’t finish the project or cause damage to your property.
If you accidentally hit a utility line while digging, call 911. And if you have questions about your home insurance, reach out for answers.
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