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Call Iowa One Call 811 Before You Dig

Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

As you plan yard projects during the upcoming "digging season," remember to call Iowa One Call by dialing 811 before you dig!

Whether it’s a small or a large construction project, call Iowa One Call at least 48 hours prior to excavating.

The requirement to contact Iowa One Call 48 hours before excavation work starts encompasses a wide variety of outdoor projects including:

  • Installing a fence
  • Planting trees or shrubs
  • Building a patio, addition, deck, garage, outdoor shed or any similar structure
  • Putting in a new driveway
  • Installing a septic system or water drainage system
  • Terracing or landscaping

It is helpful for any proposed excavation site to be outlined in white paint or white flags by the homeowner or contractor. Let the Iowa One Call representative know if you have outlined your site with white paint or flags.

Iowa One Call at 811 will dispatch locators to mark all buried utility lines on the property so you can safely dig and prevent a potentially hazardous situation.

You must call 811 a full 48 hours before you dig. It’s free and it’s the law!

Professional excavators and homeowners can make requests 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 811 or 1-800-292-8989.

Please note: the 48 hour time line applies during weekday business hours, not weekends or holidays.