Call Before You Dig: North Carolina 811 reminds property owners of free service
North Carolina 811 Day is Saturday, August 11. The organization is reminding property owners of its free service, which provides underground utility markings for anyone planning to to dig around their home or property.
NC 811 Education Manager, Ann Rushing, says she hopes to "share the 411 on 811 so you don't have to call 911."
There are nearly 20 millions miles of underground utility lines across the United States including gas, water, sewer cable TV, high speed internet, telephone and electric services.
Anytime you plan to dig, its recommended that you call 811 three days prior. The organization will then alert the affected underground facility owners and they will send people to mark the location of the underground lines with small flags.
Rushing says that hitting a line - even unintentionally - can cause major problems for your home and neighborhood and can also be costly to repair.
You should call 811 for projects as small as installing a mailbox or planting a tree.
You can learn more at www.nc811.org.