Before you dig, call 811
We quickly forget how our homes and businesses are hard wired for gas, electric and internet service. There's a worldwide grid of underground service lines and piping that can become dismantled with one swift strike of a shovel. All it takes is one call to make sure an area is clear of these lines to dig. Plans to dig or move soil, whether from contractors or homeowners, are required to call 811 at least three to ten business days prior to breaking ground. This allows utility companies to come out and mark any underground lines they may have within the work site, indicated by colored flags, paint or chalk. In order to keep workers safe and prevent these facilities from being damaged, callers will answer a series of questions about the location and extent of the project. No matter the depth or simplicity, e.g. installing a dog fence, patio or mailbox post, this phone call is required by law. Its free to homeowners and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If a third party is doing work on your property, ask to see the confirmation PA One Call serial number before allowing them to dig. For more information visit call811.com or call 1-800-242-1776 to ensure the safety of your neighborhood and stability of services.