Electrical Excavating Services

Prairie Electric offers horizontal directional drilling or boring for electrical infrastructure needs.

What do you think of when you hear the words “power lines.” Several cables running overhead, from one transformer to the next, all atop 30 or 40-foot electrical poles? Or maybe a web of lines that go from the transformers to individual homes or commercial buildings? Or even trees that have been pruned back for the sake of safety?

No matter what you thought of, did you tilt your head upward, even slightly? Even on the most remote country roads, you may find a solitary power line running along. This isn’t nearly as prevalent in newer construction projects, where burying the wires has become much more efficient.

Many jurisdictional codes require power lines to be buried for easier access or safety reasons. Not too mention the aesthetically pleasing sight of no power lines overhead. Prairie Electric can meet these requirements, both in new construction and as retrofits.

Buried Infrastructure

There are several reasons to bury electrical infrastructure during a construction project. For new subdivisions, tree-lined streets are much more appealing than power lines. Overhead wires will get in the way of cranes at industrial plants. And underground utility vaults are better protected against the elements and the occasional human accident.

Of course, burying electrical utility years after a facility or plant has been constructed is a different matter. Trenching after the fact is always a possibility, even if there are several yards of driveway or other concrete hardscapes to deal with.

Prairie Electric can perform horizontal directional drilling or boring. This is the process of trenching under the concrete by drilling a small tunnel under the surface on a gradual slope. Conduit or pipes are pulled along behind the trencher and then wiring cables are installed. There are no right angles and very little disruption on the surface.

In the case of larger electrical vaults, we use excavators to make room for the structure as well as trenching to send the lines from the grid to the facility. While this is best achieved before construction is completed, we have the experience to install upgrades after the fact.

Work With Experience

Prairie Electric has been serving clients in the greater Vancouver, WA, area, all of Clark County, and beyond since 1981. In addition to providing excavation services for buried electrical infrastructure, we also offer residential, commercial, and custom electrical engineering services. Our panel shop has worked in the aeronautical, automotive, agricultural, and several other industries. We are proud to offer design-build services, engineering solutions for site development as well as retrofits and upgrades.