I’m planning to dig on my property but it’s only a small task. Do I really need to call to make sure I don’t damage underground utility lines?

Published 08/02/2007 12:37 PM   |    Updated 10/14/2015 08:13 AM

I’m planning to dig on my property but it’s only a small task. Do I really need to call to make sure I don’t damage underground utility lines?

Yes. Before any digging on your property, no matter how much or how little, you should either call 811 or fill out an online form at http://www.811now.com/. Do this at least 2 business days before digging. The law requires it, and having your property's line locations temporarily marked may prevent you from having a fatal accident or from disrupting utility service to your neighbors (and facing a fine or expensive repair costs. The 811 call and service are free, and the 811 call center is open 24/7. Learn more at http://www.in.gov/oucc/2380.htm.

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