There are numerous factors that need to be considered when planning the installation of underground power lines. For individuals considering an underground cable installation, here are some things to consider. Read on to discover more.
1. The type of underground cable
Cables are made using polyethylene (PE) insulation, and they can be either single sheathed or double sheathed. Single sheathed PE cable encases both conductor and ground wire with a sleeve while a double sheathed cable has two concentric sleeves: one made from rubber and the other from PE. If you're unsure which option would best suit your needs, you should consult your contractor or electrician before going ahead with the project. If you're unsure which option would best suit your needs, you should consult your contractor or electrician before going ahead with the project. They will be able to recommend a cable that can carry the voltage you require.
2. The route of the cable
If you're planning on installing underground power lines, you'll need to consider the route of your project. The cable may come into contact with underground utility lines, which creates the potential for significant damage being caused to water, electrical, and drainage pipes and cables. It's best to find a path that requires the fewest number of structures and disruptions possible. This can be challenging due to a number of factors, such as property markers and topography. To help with this, an experienced contractor can help with marking off areas so there is little risk for disruption from other underground utilities. They may also be able to recommend ways in which property owners can relocate their structures or otherwise ensure that work is done as safely as possible.
3. The time of year
An underground cable can be installed at almost any time of the year, but it's important to keep the season in mind. If you need work done in the winter, you'll need to factor in colder temperatures. Colder temperatures can slow down a project as the ground will be harder during excavations and work crews may need to remove snow. This means your project may have to be put off until later when conditions have improved and the ground is warmer.
If you're interested in learning more about power installation, contact us today. A contractor will be happy to discuss your project and how they can assist you in achieving your goals.