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Safety Before You Dig

06 May Posted by in Demolition, Home and family | Comments Off on Safety Before You Dig
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Planning a home improvement project can be very exciting and there’s the excitement of something new, along with the anticipation of making your current home even closer to your dream home. However, your excitement and anticipation should always be tempered by the thought of demolition safety. If you have to dig, you should always be wary of digging close to utility lines.

When you have to dig for your home demolition or improvement project, you should always have your local utility company come out and mark on the ground the location of all the utility lines in the area. This will allow you to avoid cutting the lines. It will keep you and everyone working with you safe.

Also, it will keep your project on schedule. If you cut the utility lines, your project will likely be called to a halt while the utility company takes care of the repairs. You may also face a fine or a penalty from the company for the damages.

It is probably a good idea to have the lines marked prior to planning your project. This would allow you to plan around the location of the lines completely. Any project that involves digging, even if you think there couldn’t possibly be any utility lines anywhere nearby, should not be attempted before you have the lines marked.

You should also not assume that you know how deep the lines are buried. You may think that you shouldn’t need to worry about the lines because you are only digging six inches into the ground. However, it is still a good idea to have the lines marked as a precaution, and to avoid the lines even if you need only a small hole. In matters like this, it is always better to be safe than sorry.