Have your yard inspected before landscaping, gardening

FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – After the snow has melted and the weather finally warms up, people will soon begin their annual spring gardening and landscaping traditions. Xcel Energy says to be sure, call 8-1-1 to have underground utilities marked for free before starting any excavation projects.

Damaging or hitting a single utility line can create a hazardous situation, cause serious injury, and result in repair costs, fines, and breakdowns. In North Dakota, homeowners and contractors should call 8-1-1 or send an online inquiry to North Dakota One Call at least two business days before a planned project begins. Any digging project, large or small, requires a phone call. Installing a post for a mailbox, building a deck, or planting a tree are examples of projects that require a call to 8-1-1.

North Dakota One Call will notify appropriate utility companies of the caller’s intention to dig. Professional tracking devices mark the approximate locations of subway lines with flags, spray paint, or both for free.

Xcel Energy had nearly 20 incidents in North Dakota last year when buried gas and power lines were damaged during the excavation and not located beforehand.

Customers must make arrangements with a private location company to locate lines that are not owned by a utility, e.g. B. a pipe installed by a homeowner to heat a pool or light a garage.

For more information on 8-1-1 and safe digging practices, see Call 8-1-1 Before you Dig or North Dakota One Call.

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