Underground Utilities and Cables
Natural gas, water and sewer utility lines are located underground and typically run in straight lines from the house to the utility connection point, somewhere at the street or your property line. If your electrical service is underground, the wires usually (but not always) run in a straight line from the main service panel to the nearest public utility pole or pad. If you have underground electrical service your cable TV and phone lines will also be underground. TV and phone cables are usually placed in conduits that run in the same trench as the electrical service.
- Before doing any excavation or digging on the site, check the location of buried service leads by calling USA, the Underground Service Alert system. They will locate and mark any underground utilities, usually for free.
- Once the utilities are marked, map them out on a site plan and keep for your records so you know where they are for the future.