A private pole is a power pole that is privately owned and must also be privately maintained.
The electricity supply generally comes from the network pole (large power pole on the street) to the front of your house
The point at which the cables attach to your house is called a point of attachment (POA)
There are stringent rules and regulations about the location of this point and that is why private power poles must sometimes be used
Common reasons for the installation of a private pole could be to avoid the cable that feeds your house crossing an adjoining property or to maintain safe height & positioning over roads, pathways and your property.
You can also install a private pole for aesthetic reasons.
The cables running to the front of your home are sometimes unsightly or in the way of trees and foliage
The cables can attach to a private pole and from there the cables can run to your switchboard either overhead or underground
Once a private power pole is installed, it must be inspected regularly and maintained to prevent damage to property or persons in the event they fail and fall over.
Timber private power poles are commonly 30-40+ years old
They are also prone to termite attack
The ground around them should be excavated and the poles inspected on a regular basis to make sure they are in good condition
If your timber or steel power pole is leaning or is not stable in the ground we recommend you have it inspected as soon as possible
We also recommend regular pole checks to avoid a costly emergency fee should they be damaged during storm or high winds
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