Call Before You Dig

Your property is crisscrossed with a variety of underground services, such as sewer, water, gas, electric, cable, and phone services. Digging to plant trees or shrubs, or to build a new deck, could cut one of these services with potentially disastrous results.

If you are planning improvements to your home or property that involve digging or excavating, make sure you call Gopher State One Call, at 800-252-1166, to request that underground utilities be located. Utility companies have 48 hours to respond and mark your property with paint or flags denoting the location of utility services. You must then take appropriate precautions to avoid those areas or dig carefully so as not to disturb or cut the lines.