Traditionally, electric lines have been routed above ground, strung between poles to keep the power lines off the ground and safe. However, in more recent years, there has been more of a transition in how power lines are installed. Many neighborhoods and communities now have electrical lines that are run underground and out of sight.
To achieve underground power lines, you do have to work with an electrical trenching contractor. While this may be an extra expense, underground electric trenching and underground power line installation can offer quite a few benefits. Take a look at a few of the top benefits of electrical trenching.
Buried electrical lines are not as prone to damage
Lines installed above the ground are completely exposed to wind, rain, ice, and other weather-related events. Therefore, they can be prone to damage, especially in certain climates. If you live in an area that gets a great deal of wind or tornadic weather, above-ground lines may have to consistently be repaired or replaced. However, with electrical trenching for power line installation, the power lines are safely tucked beneath the ground's surface. Therefore, they won't be as prone to damage due to the weather.
Buried electrical lines offer a more aesthetically appealing look
It is not at all uncommon for more luxury-level communities or subdivisions to have a complete absence of overhead utility lines. This is because the visible lines themselves can clutter the view surrounding the property, which is not all that aesthetically appealing. By contrast, power lines installed underground are completely invisible. The lines are connected to a power station that can easily be concealed or relatively inconspicuous. There is no need to install tall mounting poles that take up a lot of visual space or to contend with thick lines disrupting the view.
Buried electrical lines may reduce issues with ongoing outages
Power outages can be costly events for both property owners and local utility providers because of the time it can take to get a line repaired. Ongoing power outages are usually a sign that the lines are either sustaining damage on a regular basis or need to be replaced. Underground electrical lines are buried deep in the ground in protective conduit, which means there are few things that can take place to damage or impede the flow of electricity through the line. Therefore, outages can be far less common if lines are placed in electrical trenching.