Springtime is the best time for projects. Seriously, the weather is starting to get great, and it’s the perfect opportunity for homeowners to really get out there and get their hands dirty! It’s time to make your lawn and property look like the beautiful dream that you’ve always wanted it to be. At least until the winter comes back!
However, there’s a complicated topic we’d like to bring up. While you might be getting ready to dig some holes for a fence project, a garden, or even a sustainable home vegetable farm, you might want to prepare in a very specific way. Under the surface of your property lie all sorts of things, rocks, roots, and water pipes. If you manage to break or rupture your home’s main water line in Bloomington, IL, you’re in for some serious trouble.
Today, we’ll cover what you can do to avoid this mishap, and what you should do if you’re already stuck there.
Remember to Use 8-11 Dig!
8-11 Dig is a nationwide service that homeowners can use for free! You can call them and tell them the perimeter or area of your work and they’ll contact your nearest utility company so that they can mark your property for any sensitive lines. This includes your main water line, as well as other lines like gas lines and electrical wires. This is incredibly valuable because not only can it save your life, but it will keep your main water line from running into any problems.
Plan Your Path Carefully
As soon as you get underway with your work, it’s going to be hard to dig carefully. Digging and gardening is messy work, and it can involve the lifting and moving of a lot of dirt and rock. When your property is already marked, it becomes much easier to steer clear of water pipes that might lie under your home.
This also includes the sewer of your house and the line into your septic tank! Your plants might love a breach in your septic tank, but your property will be in big trouble if your waste starts leaking.
What Happens When You Do Strike a Pipe?
So, you’ve gotten through your work and you’re suddenly struck with the realization that you’ve hit a water line or a sewer line. What do you do?
First of all, don’t panic. This is a situation that can be easily remedied by a professional. We urge you to first shut off your main water valve so that your home doesn’t continue to wastewater. If the leak is on your property (which is probably is if it was caused by digging), then you’re going to have to figure out a way to patch it. That’s where we come in!
We Can Help
Our team specializes in the repair and replacement of main water lines to the point where we’re local household names when it comes to this work. You don’t have to worry, as long as you’ve got our team on the way to handle it, you’ll be fine.