Most people think of 811 – if they think of 811 at all – as something used only by contractors, excavators, professional builders, and the like.

However, at South Dakota One Call, we want farmers, ranchers, and homeowners to use the toll free 811 number and free underground utility locating service too!

Why?   Because you just don’t know what’s lurking underground near your property.

A story came out today in the Keloland News that Sioux Falls home prices are continuing a steep increase.  Reporter Casey Wonnenberg says the median sales price of a home increased in September by 5.7% to $195,550.    You can read the story here:

That’s a lot of money to pay for something that could be wrecked for lack of a free phone call.

Yep, that’s right.  Digging in South Dakota without calling South Dakota One Call at 811 could result in you hitting a buried gas, electrical or fiber optic line.  Worse, it could result in serious damage, and even worse, in injuries or death.

The call to 811 is free.   Within 48 hours locators will have flagged or marked the underground location of buried utilities within your dig site – and that action costs you nothing as well.

Once the marks or flags are in, hand dig carefully until you expose the line or lines.

When you buy a house, you take out a lot of insurance, and sign a lot of papers.   Don’t overlook one little item that could cost you big time.

Call 811 before you plant that tree, put in a fence or stick a new mailbox in the ground.

At South Dakota 811, we’re ready and waiting for your call.   Visit us at our website, to learn more.

Until next time, safe digging!


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