If you want to run a line for electricity or gas to an outbuilding so you can use it as a workshop or climate-controlled storage area, then you'll probably need to bury the pipes and cables under the ground. If the building is a far distance from the gas main and source of electricity, you might have to dig a long trench that would be impossible to do by hand. Instead, you can call a trenching contractor to do the job quickly so you can finish your project. Here are some of the steps involved in burying utility cables in a trench.
Decide On The Services You Need
Decide on what kind of pipes and cables you want going to your shed. If you want it fully functional, you may need water, gas, electricity, and data connections. Know what you want in advance so the proper trench or trenches can be dug as each type of pipe or cable has its own requirements when it comes to depth of the trench.
Bring In Contractors Early
Get advice from contractors on how to proceed. You'll need to work with a trenching contractor, an electrician for electricity and data cables, and a plumber for gas and water. In addition, you'll need to get permits from your city, which is usually necessary any time you do electrical, plumbing, or gas work.
Plan The Trench
It may be difficult to find the best path to the building if your yard has a patio, plants, and trees in the way. The trenching contractor may offer some advice on how to clear the area so the trencher has room to pass. Don't forget to mark underground utilities and things like your sprinklers so the process doesn't tear up anything important. Mark the path of the trench with construction tape, and clear plants and other obstacles out of the way so the trencher can progress without disruption on trenching day.
Install The Lines
Once the trench is ready, the plumber and electrician can install their pipes and cables in the proper way, which might involve separate trenches. When the cables are set, the contractors can add connections for gas and electricity and hook up the rest of the components you need for a sink, outlets, lights, and climate system. When the services are connected, you can fill in the trench with soil and restore your landscaping so the pipes are buried and out of sight. You may want to mark the location of the underground utilities in some way so you'll always know where they are in case you want to dig in your yard to plant flowers or plants in the future.