How to Prevent Damage to Your Fiber Network

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If you notice something that may be damaging your fiber cables, be sure to give us a call to come fix it!

Protecting your fiber network is essential to providing consistent, quality service to your clients. Especially if you have aerial fiber, you have to protect against many different threats to your fiber cables. Here are a few things to watch out for and how to protect against them.

Animal Damage

Many animals seem to have a fascination with cable, which often results in the cable being destroyed by birds, rodents, or insects. To protect against this, keep an eye on your cables and watch out for tampering. You may be able to catch and fix a problem, like a termite infestation in a pole that supports the cables, before it affects your business.

Mechanical Damage

Fiber often has to bend and twist around tight areas, fit through small gaps, and share space with other utilities. This stress upon the cables can result in the fiber cables being crushed or bent beyond their tolerance, leading to fiber network failure and the need for replacement. To prevent this, we can use rugged/crush-proof cables that have a small bend radius and can easily fit around obstacles in its transmission path. You can also decrease the amount the cable has to bend by removing unnecessary obstacles, like rocks and stones in an outside trench.

Environmental Damage

Spotting environmental damage can be difficult. Sometimes environmental damage comes from a weather event like a big storm or hurricane, but more often than not it comes from extreme and rapid temperature changes. Weather and temperature changes puts strain on the fiber network and can even impact your network’s performance. To protect against this, we use quality fiber that is more resistant to environmental changes.

Get in Touch with FiberPlus!

FiberPlus has been providing data communication services for a number of different markets through fiber optics since 1992. What began as a cable installation company for Local Area Networks has grown into a top telecommunications business that can provide the Richmond, VA, Columbus, OH, Pittsburgh, PA, Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia areas with a number of different services. These services now include:

  • Structured Cabling
  • Electronic Security Systems
  • Distributed Antenna Systems
  • Audio/Visual Services
  • Support Services
  • Specialty Systems
  • Design/Build Services

FiberPlus promises the communities in which we serve that we will continue to expand and evolve as new technology is introduced within the telecommunications industry.

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