How do you know when it’s time to trim a tree that’s nearing your power lines? It depends on a couple of factors, outlined below.
Never cut down trees or branches near power lines. Tree limbs act as conductors and coming in contact with the limb and power line can cause serious injuries. If you see tree limbs impending on a power line, you can call the energy company, but you may have to wait a while until they’re servicing your area. Or, you can call a tree removal company to get prompt service.
Different types of power lines require different distances between trees and the power line. A distribution line, the ones commonly connecting power to your home, should have a minimum of 10 feet in any direction from the wire. Transmission boxes should be 15 to 40 feet from the wire.
We can’t stress this enough: never undertake tree removal near power lines on your own. Call the power company or a professional tree trimmer to get the issue resolved.
Thinking ahead and preventing trees from impinging on power lines is also advised. Plant small shrubs and trees with a mature height of 20 feet or less near power lines. Planting trees that reach a height of 40 feet should be at least 30 feet from the power line. This will prevent any wayward limbs reaching for the lines.
If you have a tree in your yard that is getting too close to the power lines, contact Birchwood Services by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us any time at one of our two numbers, (847) 359-1951 or (847) 253-1961.