Operation & Maintenance

As detailed in TIA/EIA 222-F, maintenance and inspection of steel antenna towers and antenna supporting structures should be performed by the owner on a routine base, however, “routine” is open to interpretation. They recommend that all structures should be inspected after severe wind and/or ice storms or other extreme loading conditions. Shorter inspection intervals should be considered for structures in coastal salt water environments, in corrosive atmospheres, and in areas subject to frequent vandalism, according to the standard.

The document is more specific on suggesting a time for major inspections: 3 years for guyed towers and every 5 years for self supporting structures.