San Diego Residents Reminded To Call 811 Before Digging Around Home Or Yard


Thanks to the quarantine, San Diego residents have spent most of their time at home for the last four months, and now more people than ever are taking on home and landscape projects. While making improvements on your home and yard is an awesome idea, SDG&E wants to help you avoid hitting gas and electric lines - which could be costly to fix and potentially dangerous.

Before you start digging in your yard, call 811 so SDG&E can help you avoid hitting gas and electric lines. It’s fast and free!

811 is the national call-before-you-dig phone number. Anyone who plans to dig should call 811 or go to their state 811 center’s website a few business days before digging to request that the approximate location of buried utilities be marked with paint or flags so that you don’t unintentionally dig into an underground utility line.

811 protects you and your community! Hitting a buried line while digging can disrupt utility service, cost money to repair, or cause serious injury or death. Always contact your 811 center, wait the required time for utilities to respond to your request, and ensure that all utilities have responded to your request before putting a shovel in the ground.

Q&A: DO I REALLY NEED TO CALL?

Yes! Even projects you might think are “small,” like planting a garden, require you to contact 811.

  • I am only planting a small flower bed or bush...

Did you know that many utilities are buried just a few inches below ground? You can easily hit a line when digging for simple gardening projects, like planting flowers or small shrubs. Contact your 811 center anytime you’re putting a shovel in the ground to keep yourself and your community safe.

  • I am just installing a mailbox...

Buried utility lines are everywhere! Installing mailboxes and fences are examples of projects that absolutely require a call to 811 to know what’s below before digging. Hitting a line can knock out service to your home and neighborhood or result in fines, damage, and serious injury. Don’t make a judgment call – make the call (or online request) to 811 every time you dig.

  • I am digging in a spot that was previously marked...

Erosion and root system growth can alter the depth or location of buried lines, or your utility companies may have completed work on their lines since the last time you dug – so you must contact 811 before you dig, each and every time.

  • I have hired a contractor or landscaper to do the digging project...

Be sure to check with your contractor or landscaper to make sure that they will contact 811 a few business days before digging begins – whether it means you making the call, or your contractor doing so. Never let digging work begin without contacting 811! It’s not worth the risk.

  • I am only digging in a small area and don't want my entire yard marked...

If you are only planning to dig in a small portion of your yard, you can outline the area in white paint or white flags available at home improvement stores to ensure that only the utilities in that part of your yard will be located and marked. Be sure to let your 811 center know about your plans, and they will help ensure the proper area is marked by utility locators.

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