Do I Need to Have Utilities Marked Before Putting in A Fence and Gate?

It’s possible to get too excited installing the fence that you’ve been wanting for. You have planned the style, materials, color and design of the fence, and you’ve already chosen your contractor and made the necessary arrangements with them. But there is one important thing you have to consider before you go on digging and beginning the installation process: you have to figure out what you could damage underground.

Before installing a fence and gate, it is important that you locate and mark your underground utility lines. Bear in mind that underneath the placement of your fence, there could be a network of utility lines such as power lines, water and sewer lines, sprinkler and pool lines, phone and internet lines, gas lines and many other utilities which could be damaged when you start digging for setting up fence posts.

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It’s a good idea that you locate and mark all underground utilities before setting up your fence. This will prevent damage to important service lines which might cause service interruptions that will cause inconvenience to you, your family and your neighborhood. Often times the fence company will initiate this step with the electrical company. Talk to approved Westminster gate installation and fence professionals for detailed instructions. 

To find out about the lines under your home, make sure you call 811 before starting any of your fencing work. If in case the utility experts you call cannot locate all the lines, you may need to track down older blueprints for your property and use potholing to find the physical location of any lines or pipes. Once all utility lines have been identified, located and marked, make sure that you brief your contractor about the issue so they may use the necessary measures to prevent damage to the utility lines.