There is no question that when warm weather finally does move in, you are going to want to get in your yard and refresh your landscape. However, a hindrance for many is not knowing where their outdoor landscape lighting wires are. If you start digging blindly, you may cause serious and expensive damage.
The fact is, when you take the time to locate your landscape lighting wires before spring arrives, you can save money, time, and frustration.
Benefits of Finding Wires Now
If you aren’t in the landscape lighting business, you may not know the facts. If you accidently cut a wire, it will take three times longer to repair, than it takes to locate and flag all the wires in your yard. However, this is only true if the repairs the wire needs are fairly simple. If the cut was more complex, it is going to take much longer to fix. In some cases, the entire lighting system has to be removed and replaced. This not only takes quite a bit of time, it can cost a lot of money.
Consider this situation. If you are having a new sidewalk installed near some of your path lights and your contractor doesn’t know about the lighting system, they may cut the wire and pour concrete over it. If you call for lighting repair, but the technician is unable to get to the cut wires, they will have to dig up the entire system and install new wires. This is a completely avoidable scenario when you find the wires prior to starting any landscape project.
When to Call for Wire Location Services
There are several landscape projects that require you to have the landscape wiring installed ahead of time. Some of these include:
- The installation of mulch beds
- Dog fencing
- Fence or wall installation
- Installing a hardscape or pouring concrete
- Planting any type of new foliage
- Removal of any existing landscape features
- Sprinkler installation
- Renovation of outdoor structures
- If you are digging a trench or ditch
Chances are, you made an investment when you had your landscape lighting installed. The best way to protect this investment is to have your lighting wires marked prior to starting any new project. Failure to do this may result in serious and expensive damage.
Avoid Wasted Time and Money by Locating Wires Now
When you begin a landscape project, you don’t need to “dig blind.” Doing this is just asking for a problem. Instead, call the professionals at The IDL Company. They can mark your landscape lighting wiring to ensure it remains damage free. This allows you to plant without worry of hitting any wires when the warmer weather arrives.