Before you dig, call 811 for FREE Tennessee One Call. It’s FAST, EASY, FREE and it is the LAW!This free service notifies service member utilities that you are about to dig and they have 3 working days to come out and mark participating utilities in your yard…FOR FREE.
You are required to stay 2′ off the painted lines in both directions. Do they always get the lines marked right? No! Sometimes they don’t get it right, and if you cut a line that was marked wrong, take a photo where the lines are and are not. You are not responsible for cutting a line that is marked wrong, but you need proof, AND a confirmation number!
But what about the “OTHER UNDERGROUND LINES” that may be hidden in your yard? After 4 decades owning a residential fence company we have cut about every line that is out there.
Old timers (builders) did not have location devices, so they used what they had on hand at the time. Gray builders sand! They would backfill over the pipes they laid, then cover about 6″ layer of gray builder sand and then finish backfilling the ditch. So if your are digging out in the yard and hit a layer of gray sand (or any odd color) stop and check it out, you may have pipes down there.