Dig safe or don’t dig at all

There was a lot more about the Dig Safe program and its equivalents in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. The necessity for the program hasn’t diminished, but many people are unaware of it since marketing of the program has fallen off. Dig Safe is an alert number you can call before you dig for your construction project to have the public utilities come out and mark the lines for their pipes and wires. It isn’t just meant for commercial projects, but residential ones too so before letting your home renovation contractors dig up the backyard make sure to call first. As more residential areas are switching to underground utilities, knowing where they are can prevent service disruption, injury and penalty fines.

How does it work?

Dig Safe is easy. Look up the number for the zip code or city that you are going to do your project in and call toll free. A Dig Safe representative will take down your information and schedule a survey visit. The survey will then mark the general locations of water, gas, sewer and other underground utilities so you can avoid them. Dig Safe is designed to make excavating safer, but it can also serve another very important service.

Efficient tie-in

Tip: Get landscaping and lawn care experts. The Green Haircut is your best bet for Lawn Care Winnipeg. Contact for yard care. If your project involves tying in to the city or town lines, then Dig Safe can be the key element to making sure that you aren’t wasting your time. Often the plans you can get that detail the locations of utilities don’t include the addendum for relocation and repair changes. Dig Safe can put you in contact with the most recent information about the location, type and size of the utility feature you need. This can save you a great deal of time in fine excavation as they can pinpoint the utilities within 5 feet of their location. It also will prevent you from breaking into a utility that you are not looking to connect. This has become even more important today as many of the cable networks are now run underground and don ‘t tie in from poles. You should always contact the local cable providers for a location grid of their utility as well.