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Damage to Private Poles, Overhead Wires & Maintenance

Did you know that there are more than 200,000 privately-owned power poles in NSW? Private power poles on your property mean that legally, you’re required to maintain them and keep them safe.

The point of supply is where the power connects to the grid, and from that point, the wires, poles, fittings and attachments beyond the first low voltage pole on your property become your responsibility.

Powerlines and poles that aren’t maintained correctly can carry serious risks to safety and carry the potential to cause bushfires. To avoid this, power providers will conduct regular inspections and patrols across their network to identify any potential hazards.

If your provider spots a hazard, you’ll receive a defect notice, which tells you what’s required to remedy the problem and how long you have to fix it. Because the supply is on private property, you’ll have to arrange and pay for the work needed. Only ASP Level 2 Electricians are qualified to work on supply from mains to private, regardless of whether the property is residential or commercial.

Level 2 Electricians are engaged in this instance because the maintenance and repairs need to meet certain requirements. On top of that, if the worst happens, you’ll be liable for injury or property damage arising from the power pole or wiring in question.

Your licensed electrician will be able to repair damaged electrical assets on your property, and this might cover things like broken wires or old poles that are rotting or unstable. It’s important to note that trimming any tree branches or vegetation around the area where work is required might feel like you’re helping, but it’s really risky work, and it needs to be done by an authorized contractor. Definitely don’t climb private poles to ‘check’ anything – leave it to the pros.

However, regular checks on your power pole and lines can go a long way! Easy to spot issues like clearly wonky or leaning poles, low hanging or damaged wires, corrosion or termites on the pole are things to be mindful of. Additionally, it’s recommended to check your power poles and wires before bushfire season and after storms, particularly if you’ve got plenty of trees nearby. Committing to regular checks can go a long way in preventing issues or receiving defect or disconnection notices.