There are many different reasons why you might be installing pipes on your property. Although you might be pretty excited about the project that you currently have in the works, you might also be concerned about the damage that will be done to your property. Not only do you have to worry about damage to your landscaping, you also have to worry about damage being done to your utility lines. This can be expensive, can cause power or other utility outages in your home and neighborhood, and can cause other issues.
Luckily, you don't have to let your utility lines get in the way of you getting your project done. Instead, follow these tips to help prevent damage to your utility lines while still getting your project done.
Notify Your Utility Providers
Many utility providers prefer to be notified prior to these projects taking place. Then, along with giving you tips for not damaging your utility lines while you are digging, they can also be prepared to handle any emergency situations that might occur. If your lines are accidentally damaged while your pipes are being buried, the utility company will be able to send someone out more quickly to repair the lines and restore service for you and your neighbors. Just be aware that most utility providers will hold you financially responsible for these repairs.
Mark Off Utility Lines
Ask your utility providers to send someone out to help you mark off your utility lines. You can use chalk or spray paint to do so, or if you are concerned about the damage that could be done to your grass and lawn, you can also use construction tape or flags as a means of showing where your utility lines are. Then, the workers who bury your pipes will know which areas of your lawn to avoid.
Hire a Company That Uses Directional Drilling
It's a good idea to hire a company that uses directional drilling if you want to avoid damage to your utility lines. Basically, with directional drilling, contractors can enter the ground at one site in your lawn and can carefully steer the pipes around your utility lines. Not only will this help prevent damage to your utility lines, but it will also help prevent damage to your lawn.
It's important to be careful with your utility lines when you are burying pipes. Luckily, following these tips can help prevent this damage.