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Padmount Inspection and Restoration

Underground electrical distribution systems throughout the United States and Canada are aging. Many of these have already reached the end of their anticipated service life. Corroded and severely weathered padmount transformer cabinets, and other similar enclosures can contribute to outages, public safety hazards, environmental concerns, and homeowner complaints. Osmose has inspection, maintenance, and restoration programs that can help improve the safety, reliability, and appearance of padmount transformer cabinets. The application of commercial coatings has been shown to add decades to their useful service life.

Osmose crews are trained and certified to:

  • Safely assess transformers and other similar equipment enclosures inside and outside
  • Identify and correct detrimental conditions
  • Capture accurate inventory information including manufacture and GPS coordinates
  • Repair cabinet perforations
  • Remove brush, debris, and harmful pests that can lead to electrical failure
  • Apply pesticides inside to help prevent future pest activity
  • Level padmount transformers to keep them from overheating, alleviate tension on conductors, and reduce the potential for failure
  • Conduct external and internal infrared inspections to detect elevated temperatures of critical components

Before Inspection

Padmount Before

After Restoration

Padmount After

Why Osmose Padmount Transformer Services?

By regularly performing inspection, maintenance, and necessary services on padmount transformers, detrimental conditions can be detected and resolved promptly, minimizing the risk of outages and equipment failures. This proactive approach helps to ensure uninterrupted power supply and also reduces the overall liability and cost associated with emergency repairs and replacements. Moreover, well-executed service programs that include the application of industrial coatings that extend service life can be capitalized as part of a utility's asset management strategy, allowing for effective planning and budgeting. Well-maintained padmount transformers improve public relations by instilling confidence in customers regarding the utility's commitment to delivering reliable and safe electricity. Ultimately, through extending the life of the asset, Osmose padmount transformer services enable utilities to maximize their investment and deliver sustainable power solutions to communities.

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Increase reliability and safety


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Reduce cost and liability


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Capitalize as part of a program


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Protect the environment


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Improve public relations


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Extend padmount asset life


An Effective Padmount Inspection and Restoration Program

Osmose programs include the use of specialized high-quality industrial coatings formulated to protect cabinets from exposure to harsh environmental conditions thereby extending its useful service life. Reconditioning the cabinet through restoration, coating applications, and replacement of warning signs revitalizes padmount transformer integrity and satisfies public demand for visually appealing equipment in residential locations.

Osmose's Padmount Transformer Services Checklist


  • Site clearing and brush removal
  • Evaluation of pad condition
  • Infrared inspection
  • Cabinet leveling
  • Cabinet repair
  • Evaluate and refurbish cabinet security items
  • Application of protective industrial coatings
  • Tag and label replacement
Exterior Inspection


  • Visual connection and fuse inspection
  • Cleaning and removal of debris and harmful pests
  • Pesticide application
  • Tag and label replacement
  • Infrared inspection
  • Grounding assessment
  • Install and/or reset Fault Indicators
Interior Inspection and Maintenance