Private Power Poles – Installation and Maintenance

People all across Australia are opting to have private power poles installed on their properties because they provide for two major benefits. First, they can help to improve safety by securing power lines away from roads, paths and homes. And second, they look significantly better than many shared, public alternatives that can create quite the eyesore. Regardless of your reason for having a private power pole, it’s important to understand that responsibility for installation, maintenance and operation lies with the property owner. With this in mind, choosing a qualified electrical team to carry out these steps is key. Staying up-to-date with the latest guidelines and requirements is always a good idea for the individual too. 

Keep reading to find out more about what private power pole ownership involves and how you can keep your home safe at all times.

How deep does a private power pole need to be?

That’s a good question. All new private power poles are required to be installed so that the concrete stabilisation finishes at least 300mm below ground level. This will increase stability of the structure and prevent it from collapsing during inspections.

An inspector will check to see the condition of a private power pole below the ground, looking for signs of corrosion or decay. Doing so will allow them to determine whether there is a risk to public safety. Surrounding soil or concrete will need to be removed up to a depth of at least 200mm during this process.

What is the best material – wood, steel or composite?  

Homeowners can choose a wood, steel or composite power pole, based on their preferences. Keep in mind that there are advantages and disadvantages to each option. 

Timber power poles

Timber power poles have a lifespan of 15-25 years. They can be cut to a variety of sizes, with the most common choice usually being between 8 and 11 metres. This material will create more of a natural look, and will last longer than steel. Heavy lifting machinery is required for safe installation due to heaviness. Timber is prone to termite damage and should not be used in particularly wet areas or anywhere with above normal moisture levels.  

Steel power poles

Steel power poles have a lifespan of 10-15 years and are generally easier to install, as heavy lifting machinery is not required. A key benefit is that they are termite proof, and they can be more aesthetically pleasing than timber. In terms of the limitations, steel power poles can generally only measure at a maximum of 7.2 metres. Keep in mind that some energy companies have policies restricting technicians from climbing private steel power poles for safety reasons.  

Titan power poles

Titan composite power poles have a lifetime warranty and are fireproof, termite proof and rust proof. Available in any length based on your needs, they can hold power lines internally, thanks to a hollow structural design. This greatly improves safety, security and aesthetics. 

Our level 2 electricians are here to help

If you’re interested in having a private power pole installed on your property, or would like to find out more about what this involves, get in touch with Overhead Electrical. We provide a standout level of customer service and always deliver impressive results. Whether you need help with safety switches, electrical audits, private power pole installation or anything else, know that we are the experts to speak with.  

Chat to our level 2 electricians today and we’ll soon be knocking on your door. Call today on 0409 017 436 or complete a contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. 

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