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Annual power pole inspection underway in Elkhart area

TCEC contractor crews with Global Utility Services will be inspecting power poles for quality condition and stability for the next two to three weeks in the Elkhart, Kansas area. They are working a 15 mile-wide path south to west of Texhoma.

Pole inspections“Members may see the inspection crew using pickups and four wheelers near their property,” said Chris Purdy, vice president of TCEC Member Solutions. “We want our members to know what to expect during annual pole inspections.”

TCEC annually inspects about one-fifteenth of its service area. The areas are defined by the normal 15-year lifespan of the pole treatment. The reject rate of poles that must be replaced is about one percent with normal wear and tear, not including catastrophic events such as weather.

Each pole has identification listing height, strength, type of wood and treatment, the year, month, and where it was produced. The inspection process includes crews digging at the base of poles and performing tests for decay. A preservative, if needed, is applied to the base of the pole to prevent any future decay, which can add years to the life of a pole.

Members with any questions or other concerns may contact TCEC’s member service department at 580-652-2418 or

This release was issued Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

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