Hand digging can damage buried utility lines
You may think installing a sign won't cause damage to buried utilities because you're not digging that deep. In fact, you're only using a shovel or, maybe an auger. But certainly not a backhoe!
But here's the truth:
Buried utilities can be found at a wide variety of depths. Often, signs, especially real estate signs, are placed in and near utility easements where your electric, gas, internet, telephone and water lines run. Augers and shovels can cut through them easily. Lately, companies have reported more damages to their buried utilities from sign installations.
Here's what you can do
Get underground utilities located and marked before you install a sign.
Use Single Address Ticket to notify utility companies where you'll be placing a sign. But first, have some information ready:
- Contact information including contact name, telephone numbers and email address
- County and city
- Street address where you will be digging (placing sign)
- Name of nearest intersecting street
- Date and time digging is scheduled to begin (day you'll install sign)
- Number of days you'll be digging
- Detailed description of where on property the digging will take place. This is what the locator will use as a guide to mark the area. (see graphic and description at right)
- Type of work being done (e.g. sign installation)
- Type of equipment to be used (hand digging, post-hole digger, auger, etc.)
- Special instructions