The Benefits of Switching to Underground Utility Cables

September 11, 2018 3:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Whenever you’re connecting a new residential or commercial building to the municipal electric grid, you have two main options: run the electrical lines overhead, or run them underground. While overhead lines are much easier to install (and therefore less expensive), there are many advantages associated with underground utility lines that have caused more and more builders and communities to shift to using them.

Here are just a few of the benefits of switching to underground utilities in Roseville, CA:

  • Less visual distraction: There are some circumstances in which utility cables can be a bit of an eyesore. When you run utility cables underground, that eliminates the visual impact they have on the property, meaning you won’t have to worry about electrical lines running over streets, angling toward buildings or swaying in the breeze.
  • Fewer logistical problems: When you run overhead lines toward buildings, you need to figure out which route for the lines will be sufficiently out of the way while avoiding any safety issues and not getting them tangled up in plants or other structures. You don’t have to worry about this issue when you use underground utility lines.
  • Lower field emissions: Power lines create electromagnetic fields (EMFs), which are invisible fields of radiation that are known to have some negative health effects associated with them. Examples include a higher incidence of leukemia and damage to the cells or DNA. Underground utility lines do not create the same levels of EMFs, because they’re insulated down below the surface of the earth. Therefore, you don’t have to worry nearly as much about the potential health effects of these power lines when using them underground.
  • Less loss of transmission: Overhead power lines are susceptible to losses of transmission over the course of longer distances. This means some of the electricity being transferred through these lines will dissipate in the form of heat that comes off the lines. This isn’t as large of a concern when power lines are run underground, because the insulating properties of the earth prevent that heat from escaping and allow for reduced transmission loss. When spread out over long distances, this results in much lower energy costs.
  • Less risk of being affected by weather: When you’re dealing with overhead lines, there’s always the possibility that they’ll get taken out by high winds and storms, which results in power outages. The downed lines are also a significant safety hazard, which could put people at risk of electrocution or even death if they come into contact with those lines. Underground utilities have protection that means inclement weather will not affect them, so the blackouts and safety hazards that would otherwise impact them are nonexistent.

These are just a few of the advantages associated with the use of underground utility cables. For more information about why you should consider making the switch for your residential or commercial property, we encourage you to contact an underground utility contractor in Roseville, CA with Es7 Comm-2 U, Inc. today.

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