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Homeowner Question – I have a tree touching the electrical service line…

I get this a lot when working with both buyers and sellers. Trees can be lovely but they can also be destructive. So let’s go to Ameren Missouri to get some answers.

Here’s a link with the info below and other items.

Fallen trees and branches are one of the primary causes of electric power outages. To decrease the likelihood of outages or downed power lines, we trim trees and vegetation away from electric power lines, as well as remove brush and apply herbicides to areas. Trees near the electric power line that runs from the main power line to a home – called a service drop – are the property owner’s responsibility. 

What happens when a tree (or limbs) come down? Check out is an informative info-graphic.

Tree Trimming

If you are concerned about tree growth near your service drop, please call 800.552.7583 to request and schedule an appointment to have your service disconnected so you can have a qualified professional safely trim your trees. Only qualified line clearance tree contractors are allowed to work within 10 feet of higher voltage lines. For a list of certified arborists in your area, visit the International Society of Arboriculture’s website. 

Total Side Note: Need free wood chips?

Wood Chips

After our contractors trim or prune trees during power line maintenance, the leftover trimmings are broken down into wood chips. These wood chips can be used for: 

• Walking trails
• Mulching
• Parking areas

E-mail us if you are interested in receiving free wood chips. Please include your name, address and a daytime phone number in the email.

Blogged by your favorite St Louis REALTOR®:

Tina Siebert  Circa Properties

314-603-8555  / 314-352-5200
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