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How Can Municipalities Protect Utility Poles from Snow and Ice Storm Damage?


Thousands of utility poles can be damaged during an ice storm, causing millions of dollars of damage and leaving multiple homes and businesses without power. Municipalities should consider using the Fiberglass Repair System (FRS) offered by GRA Services International to protect and repair utility poles from snow and ice storm damage.


Replacing utility poles can be very expensive due to the cost of materials, labor and, most importantly, the need to turn off power to replace poles, inconveniencing ratepayers. All municipalities are familiar with the unique weather characteristics of their area and, therefore, know which group of utility poles generally tend to break or fall during snow or ice storms.


Consider protecting the identified utility pole groups with the Fiberglass Repair System at the upper level or groundline to possibly prevent damage during snow or ice storms. Other utility poles not in the identified groups, but damaged during snow or ice storms, can then be speedily repaired with the same system.


Why Choose the Fiberglass Repair System (FRS)?

There are several reasons to choose the Fiberglass Repair System, including the following:

  • Versatile repair system

  • Easy to install

  • Requires minimal time

  • Needs limited installation tools

  • Provides multiple repair options

  • Priced at or below competitive repair systems.

Fiberglass Repair System sleeves are available in three standard lengths:

  • 4-foot length, applicable to Class 2 poles and lower, diameters at point of application no greater than 15”

  • 6-foot length, applicable to Class 2 poles and lower, diameters at point of application no greater than 15”

  • 8-foot length, applicable to Class 2 poles and lower, diameters at point of application no greater than 15”

All Fiberglass Repair Systems must be strapped as part of the repair system. The 4 and 6-foot sleeve lengths require only three (3) bolt clamp and straps, while the 8-foot sleeve length requires four (4) bolt clamp and straps.


Fiberglass is impact resistant and durable, so the Fiberglass Repair System is ideal for not only repairs after snow and ice storms, but also for the protection of utility poles. If utility poles have been damaged by termites, woodpeckers or other pests, TimberBond is another cost-effective alternative for restoring and extending the useful life of utility poles.


GRA Services International can help your municipality protect and repair utility poles faster after snow or ice storms. For more information on the Fiberglass Repair System, visit our website today or contact us.

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