There's more to your yard than meets the eye when it comes to utilities and septic structures.
Before you start digging, here's what you need to know.
Before you break ground, you need to know where your underground utilities are located.
Homeowners who don't do so may face exposures to loss beyond damages to their own property or house plumbing. Some examples include:
Even if there is no immediate, visible damage, you may have problems. Your shovel may damage the protective coating of a gas line, starting a gradual leak or deterioration that is a ticking time bomb.
Most homeowners assume their planting is too shallow, or is located far enough away, to avoid impacting deeply buried utilities. But consider future growth: Could those spreading tree roots eventually make their way into nearby sewer lines?
If so, this could cause anything from nuisance blockages to major and expensive damage and backups.
The FCC has mandated a single, national phone number - 811 - in addition to existing local options in your area. This increases convenience and compliance and eliminates confusion, while continuing free and local service.
811 calls are directed to a local center, which then notifies all the affected utilities. They then mark all underground lines—at no cost to you—with easily recognized colored lines or flags:
Be sure to call at least 48 to 72 hours in advance of digging, and be prepared with specific information on your plans.
Even your best-laid plans might not prevent a basement or ground floor bathroom from being filled with sewage backup. That is why you should ask your agent about special add-ons to your home insurance.
Add your Trusted Choice® insurance agent to your "Call Before You Dig list"! Just like those utilities, they will gladly mark out the limits of your current coverage as it applies to your plans.