Examples of Underground Utility Problems and Issues

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Damage to underground utilities can have serious consequences, including service disruptions, safety hazards, environmental contamination, and costly repairs. Fortunately, Federal EC offers top-notch underground pipe rehabilitation in Charlotte, NC. Here are some examples of underground utility damage that we come across.

Oil or Chemical Pipeline Leaks

Accidental damage to underground oil or chemical pipelines can cause environmental contamination, soil and water pollution, health risks, and costly cleanup efforts. 

Gas Leaks 

Accidental damage to gas lines can result in leaks, leading to fire or explosion hazards. Gas leaks are particularly dangerous due to the risk of asphyxiation or ignition, which is why underground utility construction contractors should take extra care in installing gas lines.

Electrical Cable Damage

Digging into underground electrical cables can cause power outages, electrical fires, and electrocution hazards. It may also disrupt essential services and infrastructure.

Water Main Breaks

Damage to water mains can result in water supply disruptions, flooding, property damage, and contamination of drinking water. It can also lead to soil erosion and sinkholes. Methods like CIPP pipe lining can be utilized on water mains to prevent water main breaks.

Telecommunication Cable Breaks

Cutting telecommunication cables can disrupt communication networks, including telephone, internet, and television services. This can affect businesses, emergency services, and individuals relying on these services.

Steam Pipe Leaks

Damage to underground steam pipes can lead to leaks, resulting in steam release, burns, property damage, and disruption of heating systems.

Sewer Pipe Damage

Accidental damage to sewer lines can cause sewage backups, environmental pollution, foul odors, and health risks due to exposure to pathogens and contaminants. Sewer pipes rehabilitated via trenchless pipe lining are durable and can last 50 more years. 

Fiber Optic Cable Cuts

Damage to fiber optic cables can disrupt internet connectivity, data transmission, and communication systems, impacting businesses, emergency services, and individuals dependent on these services.

Propane or Other Fuel Tank Ruptures

Damage to underground fuel tanks can lead to leaks, fire hazards, environmental contamination, and health risks from exposure to toxic substances.

Stormwater Drainage System Damage

Damage to stormwater drainage systems can result in flooding, erosion, property damage, and water pollution, impacting communities and ecosystems. Routine storm drain rehabilitation practices must be observed.

To prevent damage to underground utilities and ensure public safety, rely on trustworthy contractors like Federal EC. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


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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