When you’re digging or doing any sort of renovation, you are likely looking at the plans that you’re being given from different organizations. That being said, you need to keep some things in mind in order to stay safe as you dig. One of the things that you need to be sure about is that you aren’t going to run into electrical cabling underground. Why is it there and how can you prevent the issue?
Why Is There Underground Electrical Cabling?
There are a lot of reasons that there may be underground cables. First, there may not have been a way to install the cables above ground. Secondly, many times, even if there are electrical poles, the underground wires lead to homes. Another reason is because, in the past, someone used that cabling for their own sort of project.
How To Prevent Issues With Underground Electrical Cabling
- Ask Before You Dig. This is something that you should always do, because that means that you are watching out for underground gas and water pipes as well. Always try to figure out exactly what it is that you’re digging and what may be underneath so that you can be as safe as possible.
- Try Not to Cause Sparks. Causing sparks is a huge problem and, with some underground electrical wires, they may have oil inside of them (which means it could cause a fire). So, be careful how you dig and try to remove issues that are related to static and the like.
- Always Have Someone With You When You Dig. Always dig with someone else around so that they can help you to keep things orderly and prevent problems from getting worse if they end up happening during your dig.
Talk to your local utility and see what you can do in order to prevent issues when you’re digging. By having an idea as to what you’re doing and preventing the problems that can come up with it, you will find that you feel a bit more confident about what it is that you need to do and how you can move forward with all that you’re doing at the same time.