So, you’ve decided that come next spring you’re finally going to build that deck, garden, or fence you’ve always dreamed of. More power to you! DIY lawn projects are some of the most enticing things about living on property that you own. Essentially, the world is what you make it, and we commend anyone willing to learn about these kinds of projects and execute them with precision.
However, as your local plumber and water-source experts, we need to talk about a few issues that people run into with this kind of work. If you’re not careful, you could rupture your main water line, burst a hole in your sewer, and even strike an electrical line. There are a few things that you should always do before you start this kind of work, and as always, call our team for plumbing services in Olympia, WA. We do everything by the book!
Star With 811-Dig
Before you make any changes to your property, we’d recommend starting with a very basic strategy: calling 8-11 Dig. This is a national hotline that you can call which will alert your local utilities, from water to gas and electric, so that they can label your property for any gas lines, main water lines, and electrical conduits that might be in danger from your work.
This labeling can be life-saving … literally. Many accidents happen each year with people digging into their lawns only to strike a gas line or an electrical line. This service is free, fast, and simple enough so that you can have your property properly labeled for your next project. Once they label where these important lines are, you can start digging and setting up foundations for your next fence, garden, or other project idea.
Mark Your Property With Non-Toxic Spray Paint
What do you do if you have private electrical lines on your property that the utility company can’t find? Or how do you even start labeling your property for any improvements you’re going to make? Well, the easy answer is to use a grass-safe, non-toxic spray paint to label your work area so you can know where to start.
These spray paints can be cheap and seem like an extra step, but they can be a huge benefit when you get to work. Accurately measuring and labeling your property for your next DIY project will save you time and also stop you from rupturing your sewer, the electrical line that runs to your garage, and more.
Invest in Plumbing Fixes First
Take a second to evaluate your home’s plumbing and sewer system before you start digging in the backyard. Do you have a leak? Or perhaps you’ve got a water pressure issue? These can be problems with your plumbing and they deserve a fix before you start working on something in your back or front lawn. Once you invest in keeping your plumbing in good shape, then you can move on to making some much-needed DIY upgrades in your back yard!
American Pump and Drilling can give you a consultation for your next project and help with any plumbing jobs you have. Contact us today!