Natural gas pipelines and other utilities run under streets and sidewalks as well as under yards. Digging into these lines could disrupt gas service to the neighborhood. Even minor damage to a gas pipeline or its coating (such as a gouge, scrape, or dent) could harm the integrity of the pipeline and cause a future break or leak. Accidentally digging into underground power lines could cause an electrical shock hazard and disrupt electrical service in the neighborhood. Damage could even result in electrocution.
Contacting 811 makes sure underground power lines and other utilities are clearly marked so people can dig a safe distance away from them. Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, contact 811 several days before digging begins or visit call811.com to submit a locate ticket.