Challenges Faced By Underground Utilities

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Underground utilities are the backbone of a modern, efficient city. They deliver water, electricity, and gas throughout the city so we can do what we want or need to do. However, like all commodities, underground utilities are also susceptible to problems. Federal EC, your expert in pipe rehabilitation in Atlanta, GA, explores the various issues that commonly affect underground utilities.

Loose and broken cables

A significant problem for underground utilities is the risk of loose and broken cables. If a cable is open or damaged, it will present a safety risk and affect the capacity of the infrastructure it runs through. Additionally, since the pipes are buried in the ground and can often be challenging to find, excavation can end up damaging the already damaged pipes. Luckily, Federal EC can utilize trenchless pipe lining to minimize accidental damage to underground utilities.

Faulty Connections

Faulty connections due to subpar underground utility construction methods can lead to pipes bursting, water leaks, and electricity failures. This problem is compounded by the fact that faulty connections are difficult to detect, and if there is a false connection at one point in the system, it will almost certainly cause widespread damage, such as flooding or power failure in parts of the city that are not meant to be affected.

Incorrect Depth Estimation

It’s not uncommon for contractors to incorrectly gauge the depth of underground utility locations. This leads to damage to the structure and its foundation. Moreover, the excavation can end up being too shallow or too deep., resulting in wasted resources. This is where low-impact yet highly efficient repair methods like CIPP pipe lining can work best.

There are always risks and challenges associated with underground utilities and related services such as storm drain rehabilitation, making advanced skills and technology invaluable.

Federal EC specializes in underground utility rehabilitation. Call us and let us know how we can help.


When you need top-quality pipe inspection and repair services in the greater Atlanta area and Charlotte, North Carolina, don’t think twice about getting in touch with us here at Federal EC. Our pipe specialists would be more than happy to assist you with all of your project requirements. Contact our team today by calling us or filling out the online form. Federal EC serves Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC. We look forward to working with you.

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