You could cause serious damage to not only your underground utility lines, but also those of the neighborhood you live in. If you cut into any line, with or without a call to 811, you need to report the damage immediately to the Railroad Commission of Texas.
Moreover, what happens if you dig before calling 811?
California State Law Says, You Must Contact DigAlert Before You Dig! Failure to do so can result in fines up to fifty thousand dollars and you could be charged with the repair costs of damaged underground facility.
How deep can you dig without calling 811?
There is no allotted depth before a person needs to call 811. Whether you are just planting small shrubs or installing fences, CGA says any time you are putting a shovel in the ground you need to call due to the fact that many utilities are buried just a few inches below the surface.
How deep are cable and phone lines buried?
How deep are phone lines buried? The lines are usually buried with an edging tool. So they are 8 inches down at the maximum, 3 at the minimum. Call 811 before you dig.
Is it legal to dig a hole in your backyard?
In theory, it is possible to dig several stories deep under your yard and even spread out to move across your yard and into others. Assuming you can support the hole properly and make sure there is no risk to your foundations or that of your neighbors you could theoretically dig as deep as you like.