3 Safety Precautions to Take Before Building in Your Back Yard

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Building in your backyard is a perfect home improvement project to fill up an empty weekend. Before you begin construction, there are a few safety precautions that you should take so your weekend project doesn’t turn into a disaster.

Underground Utility Lines

Not all of your utility lines are above ground and run from poles to the side of your house. Some utility lines, like gas and telephone, are buried underground in your backyard. Depending on the regulations in your city, they could be buried just a few inches underground to a foot or more. Regardless of how deep the utility lines are buried, you will want to avoid digging into them as you’re building in your backyard.

The best way to avoid damaging a buried utility line is to call 811 before you begin building. This is a free service that will notify you of where in your yard underground utility lines exist. Using this service drastically reduces the chance you’ll interrupt a utility line, saving yourself money in damages and preventing possible personal injury.

Septic Tank Issues

While digging in your backyard to make preparations for your new weekend project or outdoor fixture, you will want to take special precautions to not build over or around your septic tank. A septic tank is generally buried deep enough underground that shallow digging is unlikely to reach it. This prevents many unfortunate accidents regarding the damaging of your septic tank. Building over or around your septic tank can prove to be just as detrimental.

Septic tanks have a tendency to malfunction, often without warning. A malfunctioning septic tank can cause puddles of sewage to back up into your yard, turning it into a smelly mudhole. You do not want to build expensive and important structures over or around your septic tank and risk it being damaged by construction. The weight of a structure placed over your septic tank can apply pressure on septic tank lines and cause them to become blocked or damaged as a result. Before you build, consult a service like Rob’s Septic Tanks Inc. to find out more about your tank and system.

Check If You Need a Permit

Most cities require you to apply for a building permit when you make new additions to your property. Permits are required for different reasons that are reliant upon the location of your structure, it’s size, and it’s purpose. Always check with your local city hall to see if a permit is required for what you want to build before you begin construction.

As with any construction project, there are safety protocols that should be heeded during the building of your backyard structures to ensure that you are protected from potential injuries.

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