Underground power lines are more reliable and aesthetically pleasing. Therefore, many people and municipalities choose to go underground with their cables because they are hidden away and less vulnerable to the elements.
Read on to learn more about what you need to know about underground lines:
How are underground cables installed?
Here are six easy steps to follow:
Calling Your Utility Company
First, you need to call the local utility company.
Getting A Service Layout
Your utility company will come out to your property and will provide you with a service layout.
Calling Sturdy Power Lines
Once you have your service layout from the utility company, call Sturdy Power Lines.
Identifying Locates & Completing The Work
Sturdy Power Lines team will get locates, organize our material and equipment, and head to your location to complete the work.
Once the work is completed, you will need to have the job ESA inspected.
The utility company will complete the final hook-up.
What are the disadvantages of underground transmission cables?
Cost is the biggest disadvantage to underground transmission cables. When clients go with an overhead line, most utilities will supply the transformer that goes on the pole at no cost. However, if you go with an underground line, you have to pay for your transformer.
Another disadvantage is that underground cables are unseen, and if someone goes digging without knowing cables are present, they could cut the power. However, utility maps help to mitigate the chances of this happening.
What is the minimum depth for cable laying below ground?
Primary lines have to have 42 inches of cover. Secondary lines have to have 24 inches of cover.
Who should I call for underground power lines?
In Halton Hills, underground cables are not only a preference but a standard. Halton Hills has taken this route as when trees do come down, and they take out a line, it affects their system. As a result of installing underground cable lines, Halton Hills experiences less downtime with its utilities. If you’re interested in following Halton Hills’ example, give us a call at 905-775-6829.