How far from Electrical/Power lines?

Asked by BuyingTips, Dallas, TX Thu Feb 14, 2013

How far the home should be away from Electrical/Power lines so there is no health hazards? Does it make difference if the power line is big (between cities) /small (in a street between homes)?

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David Hock, Agent, Richardson, TX
Thu Feb 14, 2013
All power lines of real size are in easments for safety reasons to the community established by the state so I personally do not consider them a health threat persay. The real issue as far as home value is most are very ugly not fenced off so the possiblity of kid doing the things they do like climbing on these things allways is present and it's more of a resale issue when it comes fo visability.
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Sir, you make more sense.
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James Suhr, Agent, Arlington, TX
Fri Nov 8, 2013
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karablader, Home Buyer, Utah County, UT
Wed Nov 6, 2013
My electrician in Toronto would always warn us about how close our house was to power lines. He had had some bad experiences and wanted to make sure his clients were safe.
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ScanTech EMF…, , Dallas, TX
Mon Apr 15, 2013
Hello BuyingTips and other Real Estate Agents / Brokers,

I am a dedicated EMF inspection and testing professional and have been doing this longer than 10 years for hundreds of concerned homeowners and commercial businesses here in the Dallas - Ft. Worth area .

The short answer to your question about "how far away is safe" is that it is complicated as others have commented, and Mr. Bruce Lynn is correct about the amperage being a factor. The other is the geometry of the support towers and phasing between the lines and how it affects the resulting falloff gradient. I have seen much higher fields from a miswired 3 way switch than from some 238 keV feeders, so in short, you can never tell by looking.

I am not a fearmonger and I do not try to convert skeptics as I have an electrical engineering background and take the more dramatic claims with a grain of salt, though I do believe in providing data and context so that a client can see where along a continuum their home lies compared to others in general and to certain safety standards that have been chosen by different organizations. There is nothing like a bit of experience and knowledge to bring balance and peace of mind to what may look scary.

But as a parting thought, even if you do not believe in the ill effects of EMF, an inspection often turns up wiring errors that while not usually expensive to fix, are code violations that you might want to know about.

A lot of questions about an EMF inspection are answered on my FAQ page here at:

And feel free to contact me by phone or through the webpage if you have further questions. I hope you all find this helpful.

Best Regards,

Joel-Anthony Gray
ScanTech Technical Consulting
"The Unusual Problem Specialist"
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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Thu Feb 14, 2013
The real trick is you have no idea how much electricity actually goes through the wires.
Sometimes the buried lines might produce more of the "bad" energy than the distant power lines.

If you want to get some of the details read
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Thank you Sir.
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Thu Feb 14, 2013
It all depends each home needs to be toured make a decision. City would not have property cause health issues for the residents if built to close power lines .

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If you are not concerned, how can you help your client?
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Susie Kay, Agent, Dallas, TX
Thu Feb 14, 2013
Buying Tips,
You are better off asking this question to a licensed inspector or company who does EMF studies.

Susie Kay, GRI, CHMS, SFR
United Real Estate
III Lincoln Centre, 5430 LBJ Freeway #280
Dallas, TX 78240

Servicing your real estate need is my priority!
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I did not mention in my earlier comments that if I have to make sure that the contract is correct, I have to hire a Real estate attorney.
Flag Thu Feb 14, 2013
To know the risk of power lines, I have to hire a licensed inspector. To check the condition of the home, I have to hire a home inspector. To check on the neighboorhood, I may have to get private investigator to check on the schools. To get a list of the homes in an area, I can use Trulia or Zillow. So what the real estate agents like you do?
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Brent Rice, Agent, Plano, TX
Thu Feb 14, 2013
If you are looking for a scientific answer, this is likely the wrong forum. However, I, too, am interested to know what the licensed inspectors here on Trulia have to say.
Brent Rice, Trulia Top Recommended Broker (Pro & VIP) 
The Rice Group, Inc. 
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I'm surprised at ignorance of the real estate agents about the answer to this question and more surprised at how they can represent a buyer who has the question. Do you tell your buyer you dont know?
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