For those planning a home improvement job, installing a fence or a deck, or even just planting a tree, plan ahead and call 811 before you put the spade to the soil. Smart digging means calling ahead, and by law, anyone planning to excavate is required to call 811 at least two full working days before work begins.
Contacting 811 before you start to dig can go a long way in helping homeowners avoid property damage, personal injury and possible fines. Call 811 Before You Dig service will notify all utilities to mark the approximate location of underground service lines that might be in the construction area at no cost to residential customers.
Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call. The depth of utility lines varies and there may be multiple utility lines in a common area. Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you and potentially result in fines and repair costs.
Avoid starting projects until you’re sure all lines are marked. If you’re unsure, confirm that all lines have been marked by contacting Indiana 811. Choose another location on the property for a project if the original planned site is near utility line markings. If your excavation is within two feet of the marked facility, you must only use hand tools with extreme caution. If a contractor has been hired, confirm that a call to 811 has been made. Don’t allow work to begin if the lines aren’t marked.