The service entrance cable is the cable coming into the meter from the service drop. This is an important part of the utility services that you receive. The cable may be different thicknesses depending on the service type and the age of the service coming into the home. The utility company is responsible for most installations of service entrance cable as well as its upkeep. The cable could be at a variety of lengths depending on how far they have to go from the service drop to the meter and when it was originally installed.
Most service entrance cables are affixed to the outside of the building and face harsh weather conditions. This can translate into worn and damaged cables that can compromise the utility services coming into the building. A regular inspection of the service entrance cables can provide information regarding the condition and help to head off potential problems. If there is damage to the cables it is vital that the utility company be made aware of any problems. They will need to look over the problem and provide repairs if they are warranted. Cables that are not properly covered can be dangerous to the building, those in contact with the cables and can cause problems with the electrical current coming into the building. This could lead to unusual bills and a loss of money as well as problems with the power that your appliances receive inside the building.