Local residents in Spearville, Wright and Copeland may notice someone examining electric poles and infrastructure. Sundance Power Pole Inspections (PPI), a contractor working with Victory Electric is conducting routine pole inspections starting Monday, September 28, and for the next month. They anticipate starting in Spearville.
As in the case with most electric utilities, Victory Electric is dependent on the use of wooden poles. Even though the poles are initially treated to resist decay, over time all wooden poles will deteriorate and ultimately need to be replaced. The decay rate varies depending upon soil type, moisture levels, temperatures and the type of wood the pole is derived from.
A sample of Victory Electric’s power poles are tested periodically. The inspection process involves a visual inspection of poles in which they search for significant cracks, signs of termite and carpenter ant activity, or other defects that may result in pole failure and/or rejections. While a visual inspection is valuable and essential in evaluating the overall condition of the pole, any internal decay below the ground line would go undetected if not for our pole inspections. The majority of decay in a wood pole occurs in the first 18 inches below the ground line. Inspectors then complete a sound and bore test of the pole, where they will expose the pole below the ground line, bore the pole at an angle in two different locations, determine the size of the decayed pocket below the ground line and sound the pole above the ground line with a hammer observing if the decayed pocket extends above the ground line. In addition to pole inspection, the inspectors will also be replacing any broken or missing guy guards and fixing broken pole grounds.
By regularly testing and inspecting electric pole integrity and strength, Victory Electric lowers total risk and increases the reliability and safety of our electric system. It also helps ensure the poles are safe and any problems can be addressed before the poles break. Once the inspection is complete, Victory Electric crews can begin the process of replacing any poles and infrastructure identified in the testing as needing repaired or replaced. If the integrity and strength of a pole is compromised and considered dangerous, Victory Electric crews are notified to replace the pole(s) immediately.
Based in Meeker, Colorado, Sundance PPI performs distribution and transmission inspection services to rural utilities throughout the Rocky Mountain and Midwestern United States. Their primary focus is power line inspection data analysis to help rural utilities improve processes and optimize operation and maintenance programs.
The Sundance PPI crew will be working seven days per week and their vehicle (or ATV) will have a temporary Victory Electric logo attached. Sundance representatives are also carrying a contractor ID confirming they are employees of Sundance PPI working for Victory Electric. As they move through your neighborhood, please contact Victory Electric at 620.227.2139 if you have concerns.