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Old 06-03-2012, 06:30 PM
 
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I have a neighbor who has a huge (50 to 60 feet) completely dead tree in his yard. In every storm we have, I get a lot of branches to clean up in my yard, but that is not my concern. If the whole tree fell, it would hit his garage, and the most actual damage the tree can do to my property is take out a section of fence.

My worry is in the fact that Virginia Dominion power lines run directly through the tree and then through my yard. So, if the tree should fall, it would sever the power lines and I would either have no power for a time (best case scenario) or have no power and live wires in my back yard (worst case scenario).

I know my neighbor has no plans or means to cut down the tree. (I know he's liable if it does happen, but I'd like to prevent it getting to that.) So, does Dominion Virginia power do preventative trimming? I looked on their website and didn't see anywhere where I could call and give a location.

Does it make a difference knowing that the exact same power lines also run over a public pool?

I'm just looking for another option (other than paying for the tree removal myself) to ensure I don't have live electrical wires (potentially electrocuting my dogs) in my yard.

Any ideas?
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:41 PM
 
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This may sound funny but I saw a case like this on one of the juge shows. The plantiff had continually told the defendant about dead tree in his yard that would damage her property has it began to break. The defendant continued to ignore the requests. The plantiff sent a CERTIFIED letter to the defendant addressing the issue about the dead tree.

Probably not addressing your question but I'd thought I'd share
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:18 AM
 
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If Dominion VA Power's lines run through the tree, most reputable tree trimming companies will not touch the tree. In fact, they cannot come within feet of a power line when trimming trees.

I would call Dominion and inform them of your neighbor's tree. Call their customer service line - they should put in a work order, and then send someone out to take a look. If they determine that there is a hazard, they will cut down the tree.
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:06 AM
 
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I would call Dominion and inform them of your neighbor's tree. Call their customer service line - they should put in a work order, and then send someone out to take a look. If they determine that there is a hazard, they will cut down the tree.
At least as of 2003, they were making a distinction between their own on-street lines and the drop lines leading to individual residences. Not sure if that's still the case or whether the distinction comes into play in the OP's situation. Contractors can of course call Dominion to have the power killed while they are working around it.
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