Spring is here, which means it’s the time for homeowners to start planning their next big outdoor project. We’re big proponents of deck building, since nothing feels cooler or more comfortable than eating a summertime dinner on a deck that you built with your own hands! Or, if not a deck, then maybe this is finally the season to build that fence so your kids and pets can run around freely with the sprinkler. Either way, we’d love to hear about your spring project.
However, we think it’s important to remind homeowners of a very important detail that is often forgotten. Your main water line in Orlando, FL could be in serious trouble if you don’t take the necessary precautions before you start digging and ordering construction supplies. Anything can be hidden under the surface of your property, and you need to make sure that the work you’re about to do won’t mess with something important!
Start By Marking Up Your Property
How are you supposed to know if your next spring project is going to interfere with a water or gas line? Well, first you’ll want to mark up your property to ensure that you’ve got a general idea of where the digging will take place. You can do this with small stakes and twine, or even ground-safe spray paint that’s offered at hardware stores.
Then, once you’ve got a clear idea of where your project will be, you can take precautions by calling 8-11 dig for help.
Call 8-11 Dig!
8-11 dig is a nationwide, free service that gives homeowners important information about their property and utility lines. The 8-11 dig representative will ask you about the general location of the work you’re performing, and they’ll notify your utility companies to inform you if there are any gas, electric, or water lines interfering. This can be great because, in just a short amount of time, you’ll know exactly what stands in your way!
We highly advise any homeowner to contact 8-11 dig before any home project, no matter how deep you’ll be digging. It’s a good courtesy, and the avoided problems are well worth the extra effort.
What Happens If You Accidentally Strike a Water Line?
First of all, you should take a second to calm down and remind yourself that this is actually pretty lucky. Your main water line is the safest thing you could’ve hit while digging. Striking a gas line with a spade can easily create a fire hazard on your property, and striking a buried electrical line could lead to electrocution. So, we’re pretty glad you’re safe and that you’ve only struck your main water line.
Next, shut off your water intake valve so that your home doesn’t consume any more water. As soon as you’re sure this has been done, give our team a call to have the water line replaced or repaired.
Call Our Team for Support
If you struck a water line, don’t worry. Our team can help you quickly and effectively. Call our team for our main water line (or gas line) specialists and we’ll be there in no time to patch the hole or replace the pipe.