On occasion, almost everyone has a reason to do a little yardwork—and sometimes it involves using a shovel or even a backhoe. Maybe you want to do some landscaping or install an underground sprinkler system. Whatever the reason, if you’re digging up the ground you need to make sure you’re doing it safely and not causing damage to any underground utilities.
That’s why you need to call 811 before you do any kind of digging on your property. And because it’s the LAW!
Why is contacting 811 so important?
It’s a matter of safety for you—and your community! If you were to accidentally strike a buried line while digging, it could
- disrupt utility or internet service for you and your neighbors,
- lead to costly repairs (tens of thousands of dollars!), or
- even cause severe injury or death.
When you dial 811, you’ll automatically be connected to a representative from your state’s 811 center, and they’ll ask you a few simple questions about the location and details about where you plan to dig. You can also make your request online at the Diggers Hotline. Regardless of which method you use to contact 811, you’ll receive a ticket number, instructions for how much time utilities have to respond to your request, and how to confirm that all utilities have responded before you can safely dig.
It’s not just a good idea—it’s the law!
Here’s what happens after you’ve reached out to 811 with your request:
- A utility locator will visit your home or business.
- The contractor will locate natural gas and utility lines on your property.
- The contractor will put down visual markers to identify the lines so you’ll know where it’s safe to dig, and which areas you should avoid.
Remember, even if you think it’s a small project, like planting a garden, if it involves putting a shovel into the ground, the law requires you to contact 811.
Bloomer Broadband wants you to be safe—so please call 811 before you dig.