With the changing season comes the opportunity for homeowners to begin outdoor DIY projects. April is designated National Safe Digging Month and Diggers Hotline, located in New Berlin, reminds homeowners to call 811 or visit DiggersHotline.com before they dig this season.
Every nine minutes an underground utility line is damaged in the United States because someone dug without contacting 811. Diggers Hotline helps residents avoid service disruptions, costly repairs and injuries that can occur when striking a buried line.
When homeowners file a locate request with Diggers Hotline, the service then notifies the appropriate utility companies of the project and they in turn send out professional locaters to mark any underground lines with flags or paint at the project site.
Regardless of project size, homeowners are required to contact Diggers Hotline three working days prior to any project that involves digging. Many common household projects such as installing a fence or mailbox, laying a patio or simply planting a tree or shrub require a locate request first.
Over time, utility lines can shift under the soil for a variety of reasons including erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Regardless of previous knowledge of existing lines, homeowners are required to file a new request for each project when digging since lines can be just inches below the surface.
National Safe Digging Month began in 2008 as a way to promote the safe digging message during one strategic month when digging activity begins in earnest nationwide. Diggers Hotline can be reached via phone by dialing 811, or at www.DiggersHotline.com .