Call Before You Dig
Planning a home improvement project? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? WAIT!
With any digging on your property, here’s what you need to know first:
Excavation work, including digging or plowing around a home or business, is the most common cause of natural gas emergencies. Before digging around your property, state law requires you call 811, a statewide, toll-free number, to have your utility lines professionally marked.
After calling, you must wait the required amount of time before digging. Your local utilities, like Virginia Natural Gas, will locate and mark, free of charge, and each with a different color paint or flag, where their underground utility lines are within the area where you want to dig.
Once that happens, you can dig with confidence, because you’ll know how to avoid any damage to these underground utility lines, which might interrupt or hinder your services and potentially damage your property.
Learn more about safe digging with our Frequently Asked Questions.
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