Hiring a utility locator can be a complicated process. While most services will provide you with all the information you need before you get started, it’s important to ask the right questions and look up the information you need prior to even calling them:
- Who do you have to call? Before a digging project, it’s important to call your professional underground cable locator service. In most areas, that means calling 811. But you can also look up the number on online government-owned or private utility locator websites.
- How should you expect the process to happen? Once you call, the service will ask you for some information such as your location and the nature of your digging project, and then they will head to your place to check everything out. Make sure you clear the area and provide them with access to the digging site, so they can set up their equipment and get the job done as soon as possible.
- How will you know where you can and can’t dig? The utility service will mark all the areas where they find underground utilities, so you can safely dig around those areas. It’s also a good idea to ask them about the process, especially if you hire a private utility locator for the job.