Homeowners Guide to Safe Digging
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Posted by Addie B. on May 15, 2018 in Home Focus

Spring is here, and many of us are itching to get our yards back in shape. If your to-do list includes planting trees or other landscaping projects that will require digging, it is important to have the utilities in your yard marked before your project starts. You can call 811 to get in touch with your state's digging hotline no matter where you are in the U.S. 

 

Here are some important things to remember as you begin your project:

 

  • According to 811, an underground utility line is damaged every 6 minutes because someone decided to dig without calling first.

  • Unsafe digging can damage service lines, leading to injury, costly repairs, and/or disruption to service.

  • Homeowners should call 811 to have lines marked even for small yard or garden projects.

  • If working with a contractor, make sure they call in advance of the project.

  • You should call 811 at least 3 days before you dig to allow time for all affected service providers to mark their lines.

  • Private lines are your responsibility and will not be marked by your state's 811 service.

  • Know the rules in your area before you dig!

 

Following the above tips can mean a safer and quicker completion of your project. Stay safe—call before you dig!

 

If you are a contractor, you can find more information here.

 

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Addie B.
Addie has a wide range of personal insurance experience and with her position at Acuity, has been able to specialize in homeowners insurance. On top of her homeowners insurance knowledge, Addie has a good understanding of the insurance industry in general. She focuses on the consumer allowing her to play a key role in product development. Also, she is currently working towards an Associate in General Insurance designation. In her free time Addie spends time outdoors and enjoys playing and watching sports.


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