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How Utility Poles are Replaced

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When utility poles get old or damaged, they need to be replaced to ensure that you have continual access to electricity, Internet, and phone. Have you ever wondered how the power companies replace the poles, but still manage how to keep your electricity on?

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Making and Installing Utility Poles

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We often walk down sidewalks and drive down streets without giving utility poles much attention. They are part of our everyday lives, but rarely do we actively interact with them. Utility poles hold important electrical equipment, and it's critical to protect them from meddling squirrels and rodents who might do some damage. Poles are created carefully and installed with precision to hold the critical electrical components. It's a detailed process that could get costly if incessant critter damage occurs.

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Standing Up to the Elements

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Whether you notice them or not, utility poles are an omnipresent feature in the backdrop of our modern world. Though some say they can be an eyesore on the landscape, it's hard to deny that they play an extremely valuable role in the fabric of our lives. When the power goes down, it becomes crystal clear just how important utility poles really are.

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Protect Electric Equipment from Critters Using Pole Guards

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Many power lines in the United States are above ground, strung between utility poles that keep the lines at a safe, yet accessible, distance from the ground. Utility poles also hold essential equipment, provide power lines with stability, and protect them from potentially dangerous elements, such as high winds. Without utility poles, lines would need to be buried underground, which can be expensive, time consuming, and makes the lines more difficult to access.  Although arguably necessary, power poles are also problematic, providing rodents like squirrels an easy facet to climb about and damage electric equipment.

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Dangerous Diseases from Squirrels in the Home

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Most people do not encourage squirrels to nest or live in their home, and for good reason. Squirrels are wild animals that thrive in the wilderness, not in the eaves of an attic. When confronted by humans in an unnatural environment, squirrels will panic and sometimes attack if they feel threatened. Some people aren’t too concerned about an animal smaller than a football attacking, but you may want to reconsider. Squirrels can be more dangerous than you think.

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Reproductive Squirrels: A Nightmare for Your Home

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Spring is coming. Peak mating season for squirrels draws near as winter weather and mammal hibernation come to an end. With more squirrels soon running amok, the more chances they can cause damage to your roof and home from traversing electric power utility lines and poles. Protect yourself from these critters with Critter Guard’s Line Guard and Pole Guard. As squirrels continue to multiply, you’ll know your home and equipment have the proper safety measures to keep critters at bay.

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Power Grid System Upgrades to Improve Efficiency

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More and more pressure is put on utility companies as they continue to look for ways to upgrade their communities’ power grid system and improve efficiency. However, these methods usually require time, resources, and specific expertise. Utility companies seek the best options that quickly make a return on investment, while also being effective in the long term. Add these technologies to upgrade your utility systems to better serve your customers and be more efficient with your resource spending.

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Protecting Your Transformer and Electrical System

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A local electrical system is extremely important, for it helps to ensure all members of a community have access to power throughout the day. While electricity helps to provide us with plenty of comfort in our daily lives, it is also extremely valuable and necessary for medical services and proper emergency response. One of the most important components of any public electrical system is the transformer. A transformer typically sits at the top of a power pole and is typically responsible for stepping the high voltages used for transmission down to the lower voltages used by homes and businesses.  Keeping the transformer safe and operational is critical. While most transformers are very reliable, one of the biggest hazards they all face is the risk of being damaged by squirrels and other animals. Fortunately, it is possible to protect an electrical system from critters with our various systems.

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Power Substation Costs: Invest in Protection!

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Power substations are the backbone of a community’s power source. Without them, there would be no facilitator for energy, no voltage, no transmission, just no energy. Something so vital to our daily lives deserves the best, high quality equipment to keep it running smoothly by protecting it from damage from critters. How much equipment are we protecting? These are some important parts for a substation to run properly to feed your home and business power.

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Power Outages by Unpredicted Perpetrators

Power Outages by Unpredicted Perpetrators

Thousands of homes lose electrical power every year due to squirrels, birds, and other small animals. Thousands more risk unwanted visitors to their homes due to roof access from existing service lines. While losing power on a warm day is mostly annoying for losing air conditioning, it is downright dangerous in cold weather from losing heat. Utility companies can face outages due to extreme weather in many forms and are generally ready for such phenomena, but a bird or small animal follows no predictable pattern for which the companies can prepare. When you frequently lose power or you have unwanted residents in your attic, though resolution and power restoration is imperative, it is smarter to prevent these problems from happening in the first place.

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Protect Your Solar Power Investment

Protect Your Solar Power Investment

You have gone solar. Congratulations! It's a really good choice that provides you with greater energy independence and substantial savings. It also makes a real difference in the quality of the air we all breathe. Those panels also represent a substantial investment. Though they save you a lot over time, you have spent a good bit on them, and they have greatly increased the value of your home. The last thing you want is to have to replace them because of critter damage. In fact, you could spend months wondering why your power production has gone down before discovering the damage. 

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Affordable Pest Prevention

Affordable Pest Prevention

Critter Guard’s power utility products offer quality and affordable pest control solutions to both homeowners and utility companies. Our Line Guard and Pole Guard are innovative animal mitigation systems that focus on a "no access" approach to prevent squirrel- and rodent-perpetrated power outages. Critter Guard has a defensive, preventive focus with the use of barriers and rollers to safely deter squirrels from getting access to power lines and utilities. How do they work?

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A Lasting, Robust System to Protect Your Utility Lines and Poles

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If critters have been destroying the utility poles and power lines in your area, and a non-intrusive solution is needed to protect the structures, Critter Guard’s products are the ideal solution. Critter Guard offers utilities our Line Guard and Pole Guard products, providing high performance from our patented design, quality resins, and efficient manufacturing process. These defensive guards prevent squirrels from climbing up poles to cause problems, and stop rodents from damaging the reachable overhead electrical lines. Not only are Critter Guard guards highly effective, but they are built with durable, well-engineered materials to last for years to come.

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Squirrels in the Attic: Harmless Nuisance or Dangerous Vermin

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Despite the trouble they cause, a lot of people still see squirrels as cute, fluffy animals. People even leave food out for squirrels and watch them eat with their cute little paws. On the other hand, others seem to get raging mad, sometimes wielding pellet guns at squirrels who steal from bird feeders or create messes around the house. Whether you think they're cute or a menace, squirrel activity inside your home can be a problem. Squirrels build little nests outside, but eventually, they begin looking for warmer places inside to cozy up, and your attic will seem like a comfy, toasty option.

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Prevent Squirrel Damage to Substations

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Curiosity killed the cat. Unfortunately, it kills the squirrel too when it makes contact with high voltage conductors inside a substation. That is usually what happens after it climbs up power lines and makes its way inside. Often, that is the cause of a power outage in people’s home.

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