Service-drop conductors way too low. It's a drooping loop!
Service conductor wiring brings electricity to the house.
In older neighborhoods they are often above ground. In newer neighborhoods they are underground.
At this subject house the connection to the "telephone" pole had gotten lower and lower.
The loop was only about 12' over the street.
And about 8' over the front sidewalk at the street.
On the front of his house there was a front porch, with a small deck extending out with a staircase to the driveway.
From that deck I could reach up and only about 7' high was the service line! And I could have easily grabbed it!
Obviously the electric company needs to be called to rectify this and raise this drooping loop up.
It's a wonder that a moving fan had not clipped the service conductors over the street. Maybe one has!
The code is clear as to clearances. The NEC defines it here: 230.24(B) Vertical Clearance for Service-Drop Conductors. It says the conductors should be 10' over sidewalks and pedestrian traffic; 12' over residential properties and driveways; 18' over public streets and roads.
So, no matter what, over this deck the service conductors are very, very low!
My recommendation: this would not be the responsibility of the seller to fix. That conductor is owned by the electric company. In this neighborhood the electric company owns the conductors all the way to the electric meter and the electric meter itself. From that point the wiring is the homeowner's responsibility. In this case the seller would have to call the electric company to have them come and fix this problem. Because it is a problem!
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