Call Before You Dig


If you’re about to start a project that requires you to break ground for any reason, the most important step you need to take is to work with a professional to ensure that you won’t hit a pipe or power line when you dig. Many people have found out the hard way that damaging a pipe or power line can lead to thousands of dollars in costs and fines. The law in Washington allows the utility company to charge/fine a home or business owner who did not get his lines located beforehand and who damages a pipe or line when digging, 3 times the cost of the repair. And they set the cost which includes prevailing wages. You can avoid all the stress and make your project go smoothly from start to finish by having a professional pipe and power line detection company like The Leak Detectives on your side.

Below the ground there are countless networks of water pipes, power lines, telephone, cable, natural gas and other important utilities. When you dig into the ground for small landscaping or construction projects, or large construction jobs, you run the risk of accidentally damaging these pipes or power lines. Because these utilities provide clean water, sewage removal, and electricity to residents, damaging them can cause a lot of problems.

Calling a professional pipe and power line locator means that you’ll be sure to avoid any serious damages, and you’ll be able to complete your project without any problems. We encourage people to call 811 (Call Before You Dig) first. It ties in with the law above and is free. 811 locates up to any meter. Generally, this means the first building in the case of gas and electric. Water locates are only to the property line because that’s where the meter is. So we are the good choice to mark the water line from the meter to the house. We are also a good choice if you have property with lines going to different areas and/or different buildings. Basically, we continue where 811 leaves off.

So if you’re ready to get started on any project in Washington or Oregon, take time to call The Leak Detectives to find out just where the pipes and power lines are under your property. In no time at all our professional team will give you all the information you need, and will help prevent serious damages, fines, and costs that even the smallest home improvement project can incur.