Before digging, call 811! Not only is it the law, but it could prevent property damage and even loss of life. Calling 811 will let you know if there are any underground water, sewer, natural gas or electric lines are located in the area in which you wish to dig. Severed lines result in costly repairs, property damage, potential environmental incidents and, in the case of electricity and natural gas, serious injuries or loss of life.
Another important point: if you damage an underground line and haven’t called 8-1-1 and had the location of underground lines verified by your local utility, YOU are liable for any damages incurred and the cost of the repair, which can become very costly.