Underground Pipelines: A Comprehensive Guide for Residential Homeowners


📢 Attention homeowners! Are you aware of the underground pipelines near your property? 🏡 It’s crucial to consider the potential risks and take necessary precautions. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what residential homeowners should consider when completing due diligence regarding underground pipelines. We’ll gather information from two valuable sources: the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Public Viewer 1 and the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) GIS Viewer 2. Let’s dive in and ensure your safety!

Conducting Due Diligence:

🔍 Firstly, before purchasing a property, it’s vital to perform due diligence regarding underground pipelines. By utilizing the PHMSA Public Viewer 1 and the RRC GIS Viewer 2, homeowners can access essential information about pipeline locations, types, and operators. This step ensures a comprehensive understanding of potential risks and necessary precautions.

Understanding Potential Risks:

  1. 🌍 One of the critical factors to consider is the environmental impact of underground pipelines. Leakage incidents can lead to soil and groundwater contamination, potentially causing long-term damage to the environment. Homeowners should be aware of the environmental implications associated with residing near pipeline infrastructure
  2. Secondly, Safety Concerns: ⚠️ Safety should always be a top priority for homeowners. Understanding the proximity of underground pipelines is crucial to prevent accidents and protect your property. Conducting due diligence using the provided resources allows homeowners to identify any potential safety risks and take appropriate measures.

Maintenance and Emergency Response:

💼 Responsible pipeline operators prioritize regular maintenance and have emergency response plans in place. Homeowners should inquire about the operator’s track record in maintaining their pipelines and handling emergencies promptly. It’s essential to choose a property where the operator demonstrates a strong commitment to safety.

Property Modifications and Landscaping:

🏡 When planning property modifications or landscaping near underground pipelines, it’s crucial to consult with the pipeline operator. Certain activities, such as excavation or planting large trees, may require permission or specific guidelines to ensure the integrity of the pipelines. Always follow the recommended procedures to prevent accidental damage.

Educating Your Household:

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Safety is a collective responsibility! It’s important to educate all members of your household about the presence of underground pipelines and the necessary precautions. Create awareness about potential hazards, emergency procedures, and contact information for the pipeline operator or local authorities. By doing so, you promote a safe living environment for your family.

Call 811 | Know what’s below. Call before you dig.

811 is the national call-before-you-dig phone number. Anyone who plans to dig should call 811 or go to their state 811 center’s website before digging to request that the approximate location of buried utilities be marked with paint or flags so that you don’t unintentionally dig into an underground utility line.

What info do I need before calling 811?

You will need to know the address of where you plan to dig, including the county and nearest cross street, as well as the type of project you’re completing and the exact area on the property where you’re planning to dig. Whether you call 811 or make your request online, you’ll need the same info.

After I call 811, what do I do?

You need to wait a few days to allow utilities to respond to your request and ensure that all utilities have indeed responded to your request before breaking ground. Once all utilities have marked their buried lines, you should dig carefully around any utility marks and consider relocating projects that are close to buried utilities.


🔒 Understanding underground pipelines and taking appropriate precautions is vital for residential homeowners. By utilizing the PHMSA Public Viewer 1, the RRC GIS Viewer 2, and the 811 system homeowners can gather valuable information to make informed decisions regarding their properties. Remember to prioritize safety, consider environmental impacts, and communicate with pipeline operators. Stay informed, stay safe!

Hash tags: #UndergroundPipelines #HomeownersSafety #DueDiligence #SafetyFirst🔗 References:


  1. PHMSA Public Viewer – https://pvnpms.phmsa.dot.gov/PublicViewer/ 2 3
  2. RRC GIS Viewer – https://gis.rrc.texas.gov/GISViewer/ 2 3

Are you ready to make the best investment of your life? Message me so we can invest in your future together. 281-798-4599 #investment #HouseExpert #RealEstate #realtor #ListReports #RealEstateAgent #HomeOwner #smart #thetexasbrokerFirst Things First – Get A Loan – Click a Link Below

For More Details follow this HAR Link

Your one-stop source for real estate services covering the Houston Metro Area. With a focus on exceptional service, you’ll find everything you’ll need. From complete MLS listingsvaluable home value calculation toolsneighborhood information , and school informationDo you need to sell your home, click here to request a comparative market analysis!

 In today’s competitive real estate market, timing is everything.  Many good homes are sold before they are ever advertised. Beat other home buyers to the hottest new homes for sale in Houston with my New Listings Notification Service.

If you own real estate that you’re thinking of selling, I would be happy to provide you with a FREE Home Evaluation.Whether you are buying or selling a home hire someone like me, who will earn your business. I invite you to contact me as I’d be happy to assist you with this important transaction. 

In addition, if you have any general questions about buying or selling real estate in Houston, please contact me as I am more than willing to help.I service all areas of the Houston Metro Area. I work with you for commercial or residential real estate. 

Do you need to sell your home?  If you are looking for land, homes, townhomes, condo’s, loft’s or an apartment complex, or an experienced real estate agent this is the place.

So until then, should you, your family, or your colleagues need a realtor please don’t hesitate to contact me via  Facebook or by phone at 281.798.4599

Visit our Blog Contact US

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: