There are numerous surprises that await when you begin to dig—roots, critters, rocks and fossils, and maybe even buried treasure! However, there are also quite a few surprises that fall into the danger category when digging; namely, utilities. Electrical lines, gas lines, sewer lines, and more are lurking underground around houses, businesses, and other structures. While many may be keen to get right to work and dig in, it’s always smart to start any job with having utility companies come out and mark underground utilities before digging. Tucker Paving has over 25 years in the construction industry, including underground utilities, so we know how important it is to locate underground utilities before digging.
The Benefits of Locating Underground Utilities
There are numerous benefits to locating underground utilities before beginning to dig. In some instances, it’s literally a life-or-death situation. The benefits of having underground utilities located and marked include:
- It Could Save a Life. Underground utilities can be damaged when struck with a shovel or backhoe bucket, and this can pose a serious danger to those digging and those nearby. Electrical lines can electrocute workers, gas lines can explode, and sewer lines can release biohazardous materials.
- It Could Avoid Utility Disruptions. If a utility line is damaged or disturbed, it could cause the utility to be interrupted while its being repaired. Clients and their business and/or residential neighbors will not appreciate the disruption of their electricity, water, sewer services, and gas usage, and it will not be good for the reputation of your company.
- It Could Avoid Worksite Delays. Most construction jobs have tight deadlines, and the last thing you need is a delay because work can’t proceed until a utility is repaired and restored. Whether you need the utility to work or because you have to wait for repair crews to finish repairs, an interrupted utility is not a desirable occurrence.
- It’s Good Customer Service. Making sure a job goes as smoothly as possible is part of the customer service a construction company provides its customers. A construction company should take any steps necessary to minimize bumps in the road that cause disruption and delay. It’s a relatively simple process to call 811—the ‘call before you dig’ number—and there is even an online option. It’s a free service for both homeowners and professionals, and it only takes the utility companies a few days to come out and mark utilities.
With over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, including Earthworks and underground utilities, the team at Tucker Paving knows the value of locating underground utilities! We also offer site clearing, site grading, stabilized subgrade, base work, asphalt paving, underground utilities, and concrete curbs, sidewalks, slabs, and tie-beams. Call us at (863) 299-2262, or contact us online, for your next project!