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Spring Plumbing PSA: Careful Where You Dig!

Your backyard can be a sanctuary during the warming spring months. The plants are starting to bloom, the trees are all budding, and it’s such a wonderful time to really start spending time outdoors. However, a fun adventure in your new garden can quickly turn into a catastrophe if you’re not careful.

Just a few feet underneath the garden beds and gravel pathways could be a potential leak just waiting to happen. From sewer lines to power lines and even your water lines, all of these important parts of your home run underground. So, if you’re looking to do any improvements to your home plumbing in Cedar Rapids, IA, then you’ll want to follow this checklist to be sure you don’t cause any accidents.

Remember the age old adage: better safe than sorry!

Step 1: Plan Accordingly

Your backyard can be a gardener’s playground, which is very exciting. You may want to jump out there on the first sunny day of the spring but it’s important to plan the work that needs to be done before you do any work.

For instance, if you’re putting together a garden bed or building a fence, you’ll need to work on measuring things out and setting things up properly. Many fence posts require deep digging and can often be too difficult for average homeowners.

You might want to think about installing an outdoor hose system or outside sink for your gardening needs as well, which is something a licensed professional plumber can help you with. Plan all of these jobs out first, before you do anything yourself.

Step 2: Call for Help When It’s Required

This is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with our team. You can tell us about your unique outdoor plumbing needs and we can stop by to assist.

Also, if you’re planning on digging in your backyard, we can access all of the necessary permits as well as locate where things are buried in your yard, so you don’t have to.

But for any DIY work, continue to the next steps.

Step 3: Call 8-11 Dig

Did you know that there’s a free national service where you can get your local utility companies to mark where underground power lines, water lines, and sewer lines are? Just call 8-11 and request this service.

Someone should get to your home within a few days to mark these sections of your lawn.

Step 4: Permitting and Other Important Details

If you’re building a fence or doing any important plumbing work, you’ll need to make sure your local municipality is aware of this. Permitting is usually a requirement.

Don’t worry, if you schedule this work done professionally with our team, we’ll get all of that done for you.

Step 5: Time Things Out and Be Careful

Gardening and other outdoor work can be fun but also incredibly taxing on your body. Make sure you take breaks and stay hydrated. Time can quickly slip away from you and you’ll find yourself with an aching back and sore legs, so make sure you share the work with someone in your household or just be careful of what your body can handle.

At Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc., your comfort is our promise! To set up an appointment in the Cedar Rapids area, give us a call at the number above, email or schedule an appointment online. 

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