Homeowners, farmers and ranchers are required by law to notify 811 (NM811 in New Mexico) at least two working days before they start any excavation projects.
This helps to prevent accidental consequences that may harm you or your family, damage your property, utility service disruption to your entire neighborhood, probable fines and repair payments.
Even shallow depth digs, such as planting a tree or building a fence, are likely of coming into contact with electric, telecommunication, water or gas distribution lines. Just even a scratch or dent or other damages to lines or to the pipe coating will cause a leak or break to occur.
This is why you should always call 811 before you dig. They will notify underground facility owners who will be affected to mark their lines in the dig site. The service is FREE, and it is as easy as calling 811.But keep in mind that public utilities will only mark up to your meter or point of demarcation. After the meter will not be marked, as the lines are privately owned by the homeowner after that point. Also note that your sanitary sewer line will also not be marked. Sewer lines are privately owned by the homeowner and are not the responsibility of the utility services. So this is the time you should call us, your private utility locator.
Be aware that damage to an underground facility can be expensive, and you can be held accountable. Damage to gas or electric lines may also be deadly to yourself, your family and your neighbors. It’s important to always “Know What’s Below”, call 811 and then call us before you dig.
Types of utilities
- Fiber Optic Lines
- Cable TV
- Private Gas Lines
- From Meter to House
- Barbeque Grill
- Pool Heater
- Electrical Distribution Systems
- Street Lighting
- Yard Lighting
- Well Systems
- Sewer Lines
- Water Lines