811 is the phone number you call before digging to protect yourself and others from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines.
There are millions of miles of buried utilities beneath the surface of the earth that are vital to everyday living like water, electricity and natural gas.
Do I need to call 811?
Yes! Building a deck, planting a tree, installing a fence, or mailbox? 811 is the number you should call before you begin any project. The call is simple, free and it is the LAW!
When should I call?
Dial 811 at least 48 hours (two working days) before you plan to start your work. They will notify underground utility providers, who will send professional locators out to mark the approximate location of their utility lines.
When can I begin my digging project?
Wait for the marks!
Underground utility providers will mark their buried lines on your dig site with paint or flags (see the color key) and will make sure you know where to avoid digging so you don't hit buried utilities.