GVEC’s Cutting-Edge Electrical System
At GVEC, we think of our cutting-edge electrical system as a durable work of art but we understand why all our members might not agree. Some of you might prefer to decorate your surroundings a bit, even to camouflage the system with greenery and vegetation.
Or maybe your green thumb and the change of season has put you in the mood for fall planting, building or other outdoor home improvement. Whatever your plans, we ask that you take a few simple precautions before starting a project.
To Avoid Power Lines, Allow for Future Growth
If you’re planting any kind of vegetation, it’s not enough to only consider the immediate size of that planting. You must also estimate the amount of growth your plant will undergo over time. How big will it be at maximum? How wide? How tall? Make sure you allow sufficient room to grow without expansion into easement zones or entanglement with overhanging power lines.
Otherwise, a GVEC line crew might be required to trim your plant or even to uproot it during power-line maintenance, repair or replacement—especially, during an emergency.
Think on a Deeper Level About Underground Power Lines
It’s not enough to account for your plant’s above-ground growth; you must also consider the expansion of its roots. Have you thought about what’s buried beneath the ground? Plant roots can pose serious problems regarding underground power lines and other utility structures, causing damage and/or impeding repair and maintenance.
Call 811 Before You Dig to Avoid Underground Power Lines
You might be wondering how you can know what is or isn’t buried beneath the ground and how deep it might be. You can get a quick, simple answer to this question by calling 811 before digging–that’s right, just dial 811 on your phone. Calling 811, in fact, isn’t optional. Even slight damage to underground power lines and other electrical equipment can endanger your health and safety and even lead to loss of life. Plus, a power outage could create a major inconvenience not only for yourself, but also for any neighbors whose electricity might also shut off. Then there’s the financial impact to consider, which could be significant if you fail to call 811 before digging.
The Dangers & Liabilities of Not Calling 811
If you haphazardly start digging without knowing what lies beneath the ground, you put yourself into immediate physical danger. You could end up badly shocked, electrocuted or overcome by hazardous fumes. Or, you could cause a fire or even an explosion if you rupture the wrong line.
There’s also a substantial risk to your personal finances involved in digging without guidance. Those potential power outages we mentioned? The labor hours required to pinpoint and repair the problem(s)? The equipment costs? You could be legally “on the line” for all of it if you don’t call 811.
Calling 811 Is Free
Besides allowing you to proceed with your project with confidence, the best part about calling 811 is that it’s free to get underground power lines and other structures marked. After the call, utility companies have two business days to mark any underground structures.
More Information on Calling 811
GVEC is here to help you get your job done as safely as possible. If needed, we can even temporarily disconnect power to your meter. To schedule a temporary disconnect or to get more information about 811, call us at 800.223.4832.