Okay, let’s say you live in a 25 year old subdivision and have underground utilities serviced by Duke Energy. And let’s say some tree roots damage the line and you suddenly find yourself without power. Turns out the line has to be replaced which involves expensive digging and repair.
Who pays for the fix? Your Homeowner’s Association? Duke?
If you own Cincinnati real estate with underground utilities and don’t have Underground Utility Protection, you may be in for a very expensive and upsetting surprise.
According to Duke Energy, you are responsible – not Duke. Here’s a quote from their website:
“The underground power line that feeds into your home was built to last. But, over time, ground settling or overgrown tree roots can cause disastrous line breaks – cutting power to your home in an instant.
Since your property’s underground line is your responsibility, it’s up to you to locate a qualified electrician to find the break and mend the line. Those can be complex, lengthy and costly repairs.
Or, you can take advantage of Duke Energy One’s Underground Protection program.”
Definitely something you might want to consider. At a cost of $2.99 a month it’s well worth the peace of mind. Click this link for more info http://www.duke-energy.com/underground/
And if you don’t live in Cincinnati you may want to check with your utility service provider to find out if they offer underground utility protection.