Underground Utility Benefits
There are many advantages to having your power utilities and other cables buried underground. First, there’s the protection from the elements, whether in freezing temperatures or triple-digit heat. There’s also a matter of protecting lines from falling tree branches and other above-ground accidents.
Underground utilities are also easier to maintain and can handle larger loads and if there is an event, less chance of live-wire injuries. Multiple utilities can run side by side in a trench and there’s less need to drill holes into the side of a home – everything can be brought into the home via the foundation.
There’s also the matter of “curb appeal” in residential areas. Overhead lines can ruin an otherwise serene setting and the removal of lines that must run to the attic of the home disappear. Instead of having lines that spider web away from power poles, neighborhoods only have to deal with those small green boxes every four or five homes.
All of these benefits come at a price, of course. While burying power lines underground plays an important role in providing more power and protection to that power, it can be harder to add or repair lines to buried infrastructure. There’s also the cost of initial installation when trenching is needed.