Electric Line - Underground

How it Works

Underground electric line wiring provides power around your property. It may provide electrical supply to sheds, outhouses, wells, swimming pools, landscape lighting and more. Higher voltage applications may require a conduit to protect the underground wiring. 

Most underground electrical wire installations fall under the National Electrical Code as well as local state and building codes. These codes may specify or require any of the following:

  • Type and size of wiring
  • Type and size of conduit
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) system
  • Burying depth
  • Professional installation
  • Professional inspection prior to use

It is the homeowner’s responsibility to comply with applicable requirements.

What Can Go Wrong?

The most common problem is accidental damage while digging. Inadvertently digging into the charged wires during a construction or landscaping job can harm those digging and damage the wiring. Know where your wiring is located before any digging projects and call 811 for the “Call Before You Dig” hotline to mark out any previously installed wiring. Wiring that is not rated for underground use can fail and damage the circuit if water penetrates the wiring.


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