Extending Wood Pole Life Through Inspection, Remediation


Utility poles are essential to the infrastructure in North America and are manufactured to remain in service for many decades. Preservative treatments are design to allow wood poles to withstand decades of exposure to a variety environmental conditions that can lead to deterioration.

Over time, the protection built into these poles may need to be enhanced to further extend the service life. When exposure to the elements over time create a break in the protective envelope of preservative treating, there are a variety of effective remediation applications that can halt any deterioration that may have started.

The science of remediating the protective qualities integrated into treated wood poles has advanced over the decades. Utilities have recognized the value in regularly inspecting their inventory of poles in place to identify potential issues that can be resolved with remediation.

Research shows that remediation can significantly add to the service life of wood poles. A study by Quanta Technology shows poles with regular inspection and maintenance can last an average of 96 years, compared to 53 years with no maintenance. Research from Osmose Utilities Services indicates remedial treatment can add as much as 28 years to the service life of wood poles.

There are a number of NAWPC-affiliated companies that provide remediation treatments and services to utilities to increase the service life of wood poles. Use the links below to review these companies and their services.

Pole Remediation Products and Services

The Bayne Company, Spokane, WA
Genics, Acheson, AB
Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., Peachtree City, GA
Poles, Inc., Manitou Springs, CO
SmartFume Co., Woodland, CA