Call 811 Before You Dig

Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? WAIT! Here’s what you need to know first: Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 before each job.

Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees and shrubs. The depth of utility lines varies and there may be multiple utility lines in a common area. Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Calling 811 before every digging job gets your underground utility lines marked for free and helps prevent undesired consequences.

Pick up the phone before you pick up the shovel! Call Kansas One-Call at 811 or 1-800-DIGSAFE. Calling Kansas One-Call is the law if you are going to be doing any kind of digging for any reason.

It is free to you to have lines or cables located. If you do not call and end up cutting a line or cable, the cost of repairing is up to you and can get very pricey. You’ll need to provide the best location details you can, often the street or legal description of where you’ll be working; when you’ll be working; and what type of work you’ll be doing. You need to call at least 3 days before work is scheduled to begin.

Locate ticket requests can also be submitted online at: You can check the status of a ticket, read tips on digging safely, learn more about when or how to contact Dig Safe and view the entire Kansas One-Call docket at the website as well.

Remember, calling One-Call is not just a safety precaution, it’s the law.

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