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A West African utility recently contacted us with a percentage of premature pole failures. These had been tracked down to variations in the quality of preservative treatment of the poles. The utility used different types of Eucalyptus with some being more receptive to preservative treatment than others. This variability meant that some poles were failing prematurely.
Failures are generally accepted by utilities as being part of the normal “Bath Tub” failure curve whereby a percentage of poles fail in the first 5 years. Before failures drop off prior to the onset of the end of life failures…
As part of an exercise to eliminate these early failures, the utility decided to evaluate Polesaver as a possible solution. It became clear that all the premature failures were occurring at the ground line section of the pole. In those poles that had failed, preservative retention levels were below specification.
To overcome this, the utility implemented improved quality control on incoming poles to try and ensure a more consistent standard of preservative treatment. They also chose to specify the use of Polesaver sleeves on all new poles. The small extra cost of Polesaver is more than offset by the savings achieved in the first 5 years due to the elimination of premature pole failures.
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Polesaver protection sleeves prevent ground rot in wood utility poles and increase pole life by +20 years from the start, regardless of wood preservative type.
Polesaver ground-line barrier sleeves are a dual-layer, high-performance sleeve that prevents ground rot in wooden utility poles and gives an expected utility pole life of 50 years.
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Richard is the founder and CEO of Polesaver. With over 26 years of experience in developing and testing Polesaver products, Richard is an expert when it comes to wood preservation.
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Polesaver manufactures and supplies guaranteed products that are proven to increase the life of utility poles. With millions of sleeves supplied to date, our patented ground-line barrier sleeves have been proven in volume use since 1994.
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*Polesaver uses long term independent test data on the effectiveness of barrier sleeves and fire protection fabric to reach all the conclusions given on this website (test data available on request). Based on this data, Polesaver believes longer life, maintenance of strength over time, improved safety and reliability, extended inspection periods and reduced maintenance requirements are reasonable claims. This is subject to Polesaver products being correctly applied as per our instructions and used on correctly preservative treated (for long term in-ground use - use class 4 or higher) wooden utility poles that are free of decay at the time of sleeve application. The claims made, real or implied are not warranties. It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate and satisfy themselves that the performance of the product meets their specific safety, reliability, extended inspection, repair and any other performance or cost-benefit criteria before using Polesaver sleeves or fire protection fabric.