Nashville Home Inspector – House Fire Caused by Tree Hitting Power Line – 4.11.11

Nashville Home Inspector – House Fire Caused by Tree Hitting a Power Line

Recently it was reported in the linked article above from The Tennessean that a house fire was caused by a tree hitting a power line.  This is a scenario that is all too common yet easily avoided.  Look at the picture below.

Vegetation Encroaches on Power Line

Unfortunately some people think it looks good when vegetation encroaches on power lines or a building.  However, from a Home or Building Inspector’s perspective, there is never a good time for a building or component of a building, like a power line, to share space with vegetation.  Even without the fire, vegetation is a common source of mechanical damage to buildings and components such as power lines.  There are different standards for how far vegetation should be allowed to exist with respect to the building, but there is general agreement that when the vegetation can touch the building, it is too close and should be cut back or removed.  Usually this must be done by a professional.  Home and building owners rarely have the training, equipment or experience to take on a project line the one in the picture above.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC,  and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings.  HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill, Lebanon, Gallatin and more!  In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis.  Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at, or call 615-376-2753. 

Richard Acree is the author of  the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress, and Blogger, and Founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors.  All are welcome to join and comment on those blogs and group.   You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook and Richard on Linked.  Thank you!


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