Morristown TN Real Estate For Sale - Digging Dos and Don'ts

Real Estate Agent with Elite Realty Group


Digging Dos and Don'ts
Before planting a tree, building a deck, or even replacing or relocating your mailbox post, think about what could lurk below. The regional utility company Eversource is partnering with electrical, gas, telecommunications, and public water suppliers across the nation reminding weekend warriors and contractors that power digging equipment, and even small hand tools such as spades, axes, and picks, can damage underground utility lines, resulting in serious personal injury and disrupted services.
That means anyone planning an outdoor project involving digging should call 811 beforehand so operators can notify applicable local utilities of an intent to dig. Then, professional locators can respond to mark utility-owned underground lines with flags, spray paint, or both to indicate which areas to avoid.
A growing number of electric utilities, including Eversource, are also providing a new service for customers planning to work near overhead electric wires. By notifying participating electric suppliers five to seven business days before pruning branches, shingling the roof, or painting the house trim, crew members can cover electric lines with a rubber protective covering to make the area safer at no charge. Customers are reminded to always remain at least 10 feet away from overhead wires.
The company also recommends these additional safety tips while working around the house:
Check for overhead lines when using ladders to clean gutters or a long-handled pool vacuum that could reach within 10 feet of the lines.
Don’t let Mylar balloons become a party spoiler. Always keep them tethered and attached to weights because the metallic coating on these balloons can cause a power outage if they contact overhead electrical equipment.
Never attempt to retrieve a balloon, kite or other debris that is entangled in an overhead power line. Instead, report it to your utility provider so a lineworker can safely remove it.
If using power tools to work outside, make sure extension cords are marked for outdoor use and rated for the power needs of tools being used. Also, check to be sure that cords aren’t frayed or cracked. Damaged or overloaded cords may lead to electric shock and serious injury.
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Comments (4)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Definately make that phone call before the shovel hits the dirt.   We made it to Friday, the weekend is right there for the taking.  Thanks again for the Blog.  Bill Salvatore

Sep 24, 2021 06:21 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog I agree! Have a wonderful new week!!!


Sep 27, 2021 06:24 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Norma, great post, and around here --- they say Call 411 before you dig, or you could be surprised!  

Sep 24, 2021 06:49 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Joan Cox yes 411 is a major here in East TN also.  Hope you have a great Monday!

Sep 27, 2021 06:25 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a very good reminder to share.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Sep 24, 2021 07:52 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Roy Kelley thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful Monday!

Sep 27, 2021 06:25 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Norma J. Elkins - Good advice! Digging does damage and cost the owner a lot more if they don't contact their utility companies, You really care about your community. 

Sep 26, 2021 11:04 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP awe thank you so much and I hope that you have a fabulous Monday!

Sep 27, 2021 06:26 AM