A service lateral is the conduit under ground that runs wiring from the street main to the connection at the service address. This service lateral offers protection for the wiring that runs from one location to another and includes transformers, risers and service entrance conductors. It is run to the terminal box or other such enclosure found inside or outside of the building walls. If there is no enclosure for the wiring to go to the connection is made directly by the service lateral from the main on the street to the service building where the electric is going to.
In some situations you will need to hire a professional to help you with problems with the service lateral. If a service lateral suffers a water leak you will need to get some help dealing with the situation. When erecting a new structure you may want to have a service lateral constructed in order to protect the electrical from the building to the main at the street. You will need a professional to help you with this and making sure that the service lateral is water tight. Water entering into the service lateral can cause significant damage to the building as well as the electrical wiring throughout. The service lateral is a vital part of ensuring the long life of the electrical connection between the electrical main and the connection at the service location. Keeping it in top condition is essential to making sure that the electrical within the building is working flawlessly.