As a homeowner in Wisconsin you probably have a long to-do list of outdoor projects that need to be tackled in the spring and summer months. These projects could include anything from building a new patio, to installing a fence, to simply planting a garden, shrubs or trees. But, at least three working days before you begin any project that involves digging, contacting Diggers Hotline should be the number one priority on your to-do list.
After submitting your locate request with Diggers Hotline the underground lines in the area of your worksite will be marked by the facility owners with colored paint and flags. Each color indicates a different type of facility; for example yellow indicates natural gas lines and red indicates electric (click here to view the full list of colors). These marks allow you to know approximately where the lines are buried and will help you to avoid hitting them while digging. When possible, it is best to dig at least 18 inches away from the marks. However, if it is necessary to dig closer, you then will need to proceed carefully using only hand tools within 18 inches of either side of the marks. Using powered equipment, such as rototillers or augers, within the 18 inch zone is prohibited because of the potential dangers and costs associated with damaging buried facilities.
This spring and summer before you take on those yards projects make sure to notify Diggers Hotline. By doing so you can avoid damaging buried lines, which means your project can be completed safely and without additional costs.
Diggers Hotline can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by simply dialing 811 or 800-242-8511. Locate requests can also be submitted online through the Email-A-Locate program.
Diggers Hotline is Wisconsin's one-call center. Anyone in the state who is digging, excavating or disturbing the soil is required by law to contact Diggers Hotline at least three working days before beginning work.