Just because you can’t always see natural gas pipelines or power lines doesn’t mean they aren’t buried below your garden or hiding behind trees. A major cause of leaks is damage from someone accidentally striking an underground pipeline. These damages are more than just an inconvenience, they can lead to personal harm, physical damages and financial loss.Call MISS DIG at 811
Tips for Digging Safely
MISS DIG will contact utility companies to have underground lines marked with stakes, flags and/or paint. All at no cost to you.
PLEASE NOTE: As property owner, you’re responsible for identifying private gas lines that flow from the meter to all appliances. This includes gas lines to your yard lights, grills, pool and spa heaters, garages, workshops or similar areas.
Calling at least 3 days in advance gives MISS DIG plenty of time to mark underground lines before your project.
No job is too small or routine.
When you must dig within 4 feet of marked lines, you must take extra precaution and carefully hand dig to expose the marked lines. The stakes, flags or paint provided by MISS DIG show only the approximate location of underground utility facilities. Locating underground facilities is not an exact science, and electronic locating equipment has limited capabilities, so the actual location of underground facilities will vary from the position of the flags or stakes.
If you must dig within 4 feet of markers, use hand tools (like a shovel with a wooden handle) to carefully expose buried utility lines. Once you have positively identified the location of underground utilities, then and only then can you use power equipment to complete the excavation.