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Be aware of the power lines on your property

Sep 10, 2014

Often, homeowners can forget that avoiding power lines is an important piece of the property update puzzle. Did you know it’s the law in both Illinois and Iowa to find out which utilities lie underground before you dig?

So, before digging in, give a ring to 811. The 811 One Call free service allows you to comply with the law and stay safe. ALL digging projects require a call, including room additions, swimming pools and even swing sets.

Tom Circello, Lighting Maintenance, Inc. also adds that “when calling 811 before digging, make sure to call at least 72 hours in advance. They’ll come out to the project site and mark areas where gas, water, electric and telephone lines are put. Know your colors – yellow is gas, red is electric, blue is water and orange is telephone. If you are ready to start your project and there are no colored marks, call 811 again before starting!”

Be sure to call 811 so you don’t have to call 911.

Also, remember when planting trees or shrubs that they need the proper space to grow both above and below ground. As the branches extend upward, the root system branches out underground, which can become entangled in electrical cables.

When you call 811, be sure to inform the representative which type of tree or shrub you are planting, and plant at least six feet away from underground utilities so they can still be accessed. If trees on your property are encroaching on power lines and need pruning, call a professional service to cut branches away from high voltage cables.

Low-hanging power lines are another risk to property updates. Remember, never touch a low-hanging or downed wire. Low-hanging lines over constructions on your property could also earn you a scolding from your power company.

If the power line does hang too close to your pool or detached garage, you could be asked to fix the problem on your own dime. Avoid building under power lines to dodge this issue later down the road.

If you call your state’s One Call service and hire the proper contractor before a project with the help of Lighting the QCA’s online directory, you’ll be able to safely manage your property while updating your home or business to your liking.

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