A mailbox is your home's ambassador to the outside world and can speak volumes about your style and attention to detail. When installing a new mailbox in your front yard or curbside on a post, failing to call before digging can say even more.
Everyone knows the location of your mailbox makes it easy to get mail delivered, but did you know the location of your mailbox makes it even more important to call before digging? Many utility lines are buried along streets in right-of-ways, and most mailboxes require holes 36 to 42 inches deep. At the same time, if you are removing an old post set with cement, you will have to dig even deeper until it can be removed.
Your mailbox presents a relatively inexpensive opportunity to project style – but it also presents an opportunity to show you know that smart digging means calling 811 before each job. Knowing where underground lines are buried before you begin your project helps protect you from injury, expense and penalties.
Remember, know what's below. Always call before you dig.