Yes – it is the law. Whether you are a homeowner or general contractor, using a spade or a backhoe, building a deck, a house, a patio, or just planting a shrub, if you’re planning a project in Iowa that involves digging, you must get in touch with Iowa One Call at 1-800-292-8989. Call 48 hours before you dig. Phone operators are available 24 hours a day, and the utility location service is free. You may also make one easy call to 811 from anywhere in the U.S. and your call will be routed to the appropriate call center. One Call center operators notify the appropriate utilities then the utility companies send a professional to mark lines at no charge.
Stay at least 24 inches away from the marked lines when you start digging. If you’re planting a tree, remember to consider the length of the roots as the tree matures, and don’t plant larger trees below overhead power lines.