Private Utility Poles: What They Are, And Who To Call For Installation And Repair

KB Electric LLC recently got a call from a man who needed help repairing a utility pole. Normally, our electricians wouldn’t even touch a job like this because the main utility poles seen on the side of the road are serviced, repaired, replaced, and installed by the utility company, like PECO or MET-ED. But private utility poles, like for this customer, are the homeowner’s responsibility for installation, repair, and replacement. Let’s take a look at this job that had the master electricians at KB Electric LLC repairing a down private power pole for this homeowner.


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Leaning Private Utility Pole Needing Repair – KB Electric LLC


What Are Private Utility Poles?

A private utility pole, also known as a private power pole, is a pole located on a homeowner or business owner’s property. It is connected to the main utility pole owned by the utility company. 


Why Would I Have A Private Power Pole On My Property?

The reason homeowners or business owners may have private utility poles on their property is because the main utility pole owned by the utility company cannot reach the house or business. The additional private utility pole on the property helps get power to the home or business if the lines won’t reach the service head on the house or business. 


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Private Utility Pole Repair – KB Electric LLC


Who Is Responsible For Repairing My Private Utility Pole?

Because the private utility pole is on the homeowner’s property, the homeowner is responsible for taking care of repairing or replacing the pole. Your utility company is NOT responsible for private utility poles, and will tell you that you need to hire someone to repair or replace it. The utility company in your area (PECO or MET-ED are the common companies in the Montgomery County or Berks County, PA area) are ONLY responsible for the utility lines and poles they own (which are the ones not on our property, and that are on the roadsides).


Who Can I Call To Repair My Private Utility Pole?

A homeowner or business owner can call a licensed and insured electrician, like the ones from KB Electric LLC to repair, replace, or install private utility poles. An electrician with the right equipment will be able to:

  • Repair/Replace a leaning/falling or damaged pole due to storm damage or unforeseen circumstance.
  • Install a new private utility pole. 
  • Repair/Replace private utility pole.


Unsure About Your Circumstance?

It’s okay to be unsure of who to call for your particular circumstance in regards to your private power pole. You can call your main utility company before calling an electrician to be on the safe side. If you do need an electrician because of your private power pole, KB Electric LLC can help! We serve the Southeastern, PA area of Montgomery County, Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, and Delaware County, PA. Give us a call today. (267) 467-3178