Many homeowners decide to take on home repair and renovation projects on their own. If you decide to make changes to your property without enlisting the help of a professional, it is important to be aware of all the risks involved and any city regulations that affect your project. Homeowners that start renovation projects without consulting city plans and regulations may be putting themselves and others at risk of injury from buried pipes and cables.
Call Before You Dig
By beginning to dig before knowing what is underground, a homeowner may be putting themselves in serious risk of injury. Before you begin any excavation or digging project:
- Call your local utility company.
- Inform them of your plans to excavate on your property.
- The company should send a representative to mark your lines, free of charge.
- After this process, it is safe to dig without fear of striking an underground line.
If you begin to dig without knowing what is underneath the ground, you are putting yourself and your entire neighborhood at risk and may face strict fines imposed by your city. Even if you are not harmed when you strike a pipe or a wire, you may disrupt utility service throughout your entire neighborhood.
If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligent behavior around pipelines or electrical wires, you may be able to hold them accountable for your injuries and other losses. To learn more, contact an Iowa explosion injury lawyer from LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.