How it Works
Communication wiring connects your home communication
devices with the outside world. This includes telephone, internet, security
(closed circuit) television, computer networking and TV cable wire. These wires
usually run underground from your utility supplier’s main connection
box - usually located near the street - to your home.
In most cases, underground communications wiring is low
voltage, so it does not require a protective conduit. However, proper wiring
has a special rating for underground service and it should be buried low enough
to prevent damage from freezing and thawing cycles. In some cases, mandatory
building codes and standards may apply.
What Can Go Wrong?
Underground communications wiring is sometimes damaged during excavation. Know where your wiring is located before any digging projects and call the “Call Before You Dig” hotline to mark out any previously installed wiring. Problems also arise when homeowners use wiring that is not rated for underground use.