Important Inspection Observations for Utility Companies

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We need our energy. Our day to day lives have made it so that without electricity, we'll hardly be able to get by. As a result, power companies must be meticulous and thorough regarding their inspections of utility poles, power lines, and substations to protect both the public and maintenance workers from harm. Consider these items inspectors should look out for when assessing the functionality of substations. 

Surrounding Facilities

Concentrate specifically on electrical lines, hardware, pole top devices and various attachments that are supported on these structures. Inspectors must be attentive to any broken lines, braces, deteriorated or failing equipment, pins, transformers, insulators, and ties. Look for signs of animal tampering and other pieces of evidence.

Structure Integrity

Once facilities have been looked over, perform an inspection for damage to wooden poles and other structures. Wooden poles weaken over time due to weather and the elements, but also, rodent and critter accessing these and clawing, gnawing, and damaging equipment. Therefore, a proper inspection of the wood and platform should be meticulous and thorough. If your base is not stable, the entire project may crumble and the equipment poses severe risks.

Frequency and Routine Inspections

These inspections must be done often to ensure your structure is in top shape at all times. The electrical needs of millions is on the line (quite literally), so routine, frequent inspections are as important as a thorough one.

These are just a few things that are important when observing power poles, utility lines, and various electrical equipment for public consumption. Contact us to learn more about how our Pole Guards and Line Guards can protect electric utility equipment from squirrel and rodent access and damage. We provide top quality products to help those cables and wooden platforms avoid further deterioration from curious critters. 

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  • John Sims