All winter long, homeowners dream about and plan all the great improvements they’re going to make to their property once the weather cooperates. Maybe it’s putting a fence around the backyard, or landscaping around the front of the house. Are you thinking of planting a shade tree or creating a garden? Don’t forget the most important step: Iowa One Call to save yourself expensive utility repairs and giant headaches!
Under your yard lie all your utility access lines: water and sewer pipes, gas lines, electrical wiring, cable and phone lines. The last thing a homeowner wants is to accidentally break into a sewer pipe and spew foul-smelling sewage all over the yard – and then have to pay for all the cleanup and utility repairs. There is also the possibility of digging the point of your metal spade through the power lines that supply your home, causing electrocution and possibly death.
Iowa law requires you to contact Iowa One Call at least 48 hours before you begin digging or excavating on your property to have utility technicians locate and mark each of the underground utilities on your property. Each utility line will be temporarily marked with either flags or painted lines that won’t permanently damage your lawn. The phone call – and the service – is completely free of charge and could save you thousands of dollars in utility repairs in the long run!
Your Osceola Water Works wants to help you avoid costly repairs and service interruption. Before you start the improvement plans you’ve been dreaming about, dial 811, call 1-800-292-8989 or visit the Iowa One Call website and keep your dream from turning into a nightmare!