First Things First

Warmer weather prompts a variety of home improvement projects both big and small. Anything from installing a new mailbox, planting a tree, to even building a deck. No matter the size or how simple the project may seem, the importance of calling 811 before you dig is crucial.

Consider this, every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged nationwide because someone decided to dig without calling 811 first. Striking a single line can cause a range of disturbances to your project workflow. Ranging from injury, repair costs, fines to, possibly, your entire neighborhood losing access to any emergency services. These are just initial concerns when a line is struck. As you and I both know, each could very well lead to much more profound headaches in the end.

When you look at the ease of the 811 services, it’s undoubtedly a no-brainer to take advantage of the free services they offer and avoid any inconveniences that could come from not using the 811-call center. Generally, you need to allow all necessary personnel 48 hours after you reach out to the call center to mark the required lines. Do note the 48-hour window begins at 7:00 AM the morning following the call.

DIY projects are especially enjoyable and save us all a significant amount of money if done properly. That being said, let’s do our part, allowing safety to be our primary priority and implement 811 right at the top of our home improvement ‘to-do’ lists. Doing so will allow us to look forward to many more projects in the future.

First Things First