2018.05.18 15:20 | Sean Carter
Underground power cables are used to power our electricity systems. When cable failure occurs, it can be disastrous for households and businesses. At the very worst, an underground cable failure cold lead to a fire, putting lives and property at risk.
So, obviously, the big question then is what can be done to prevent cable failure. In most cases, cable failure can occur with underground cable services that include regular testing and maintenance to ensure the system doesn't reach a breaking point that results in a power outage or worst.
We would encourage you to look for companies that specialize in underground cable services and have successfully assessed a wide variety of cable systems in the United States and beyond.
Causes for Cable Failure
There are a number of reasons why cables can fail. The most common is aging. Unfortunately, cables do not last forever, and they can age faster if they are operating in conditions that aren't optimal.
Another reason is overheating. A cable can become overheated for a number of reasons, including overloading or underating of the cable. Overheating could destroy the insulation and sheathing material, making failure likely.
Finally, we would hardpressed if we didn't mention rodents. If there is a power outage due to cable failure, the cause could be rodents who have attacked the cable. Although very small, rodents can cause significant damage in a very short time.
While these are just a few of the many potential cable failure issues, you can see how important it is to invest in underground cable services to prevent an outage.