Call Before You Dig

Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? Call 811!

Remember to Keep Virginia Safe! Dig With C.A.R.E.
  • C - Call before you dig
  • A - Allow time for marking
  • R - Respect the marks
  • E - excavate carefully
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What do the Marks Mean?

Many people call us wondering why grass near their home is marked or what the markings mean. Utility color codes are used to identify existing underground utilities in construction areas with the intent of protecting them from damage during excavation. This is done through flags or a special spray paint, neither of which will cause long-term harm to your lawn.

Click here to use the Ticket Search link to see what work is planned and learn more about the markings.

What You Need to Know Before Digging
  • Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 before each job.
  • One easy phone call to 811 starts the process to get your underground utility lines marked for free. When you call 811 from anywhere in the country, your call will be routed to your local One Call Center.
  • Local One Call Center operators will ask you for the location of your digging job and route your call to affected utility companies. Danville Utilities will then send a professional locator to your location to mark your lines within a few days.
  • Once your underground lines have been marked, you will know the approximate location of your utility lines and can dig safely, because knowing what's below protects you and your family.
If you break a utility line, it is your responsibility to get it fixed! For more information visit Miss Utility of Virginia.