The need for private utility locating services is more common than most people think. In the United States, all excavators are required by law to request utility locates by calling 811 at least three days before the start of each project. Facilities owned and maintained by your local telephone, cable television, natural gas, electric, and other utility providers are commonly referred to as “public” utilities.
A call to 811 typically results in these public utilities being marked only up to a customer meter or other outside service connection. Beyond that point, any pipe, wire, or cable in the ground is owned by the property owner.
By some estimates, up to 65% of all buried utilities in the United States are private, customer-owned facilities. Private lines are not covered by the “free” services provided through 811.
If you are uncertain about whether or not you need to hire a private utility locator, please do not hesitate to ask. Our primary concern is your safety. If you don’t need the services we offer, we will tell you why and help put you in touch with the right organization to meet your needs.
When you need affordable, expert utility locating services to protect your infrastructure, Piedmont Locating Services is here to help.
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