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Creosote – An Update

Creosote is an excellent wood preservative, typically giving a pole life of 40 years or more. The continued use of Creosote as a wood preservative in Europe is now under threat with an E.U. license review due in March 2021. Creosote has a current classification as a Category C.B. carcinogen by the European Chemicals Agency (E.C.H.A.) as well as a persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substance. The license renewal looks unlikely.

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Partial Vs Total Barriers

Because the most vulnerable section of a wooden utility pole lies at and just below the ground line, we can protect this area with a barrier product. Barrier products work in conjunction with the preservative treatment to increase the service life of the pole by eliminating or reducing the factors necessary for wood decay to occur whilst reducing or preventing loss of wood preservative.

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How Do Polesaver Sleeves Inhibit Termite Attack?

Termite attack of wooden utility poles can be a severe problem when the right conditions exist for termites to thrive. Termites can do a lot of damage to wooden poles very quickly, and this nearly always cause pole failure. The most effective way of inhibiting attack is by using multiple methods of prevention together, including chemical treatments and barriers.

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Utility Pole Core Rot: Causes and Prevention

Core rot is the decay of the strongest part of a wooden utility pole, the core. It typically accounts for around 60 to 70% of wooden pole failures and can occur at any time during in the utility poles life. Core rot normally occurs due to air or insect-borne brown rot fungal spores entering the unprotected core of the pole through cracks

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