Many people would wonder, when looking at homes near high voltage power lines, if those can be bad for you, or even cause cancer. Properties near transmission lines don’t sell well, sell cheaper and often come back on the market. Those looking to purchase and those living near high voltage power lines already, might ask themselves:
What is the safe distance for living near high voltage power lines?
How close is too close?
In our line of work we get asked this regularly… It comes mostly from people looking to purchase or rent a house near high voltage power lines. It seems, in my experience, that those who bought a house too close to power lines, made the decision a while back that it was safe and dare not go back on that decision and admit they were wrong.
How is health affected by high voltage power lines?
When electricity flows an electromagnetic field is created that kind of swirls around the source of the radiation like a whirl wind. Its strength depends on a number of factors, but how much and how strong the electricity is that flows through is significant. As you move further away from the source, the strength of the magnetic field would normally reduce. Magnetic fields can be larger than you think.
This electromagnetic radiation (EMR) cannot practically be shielded against. This type of electronic pollution is a very important one to investigate before committing to ANY property regardless if it is positioned near high voltage power lines or the ‘everyday’ street power lines running up and down most streets. The majority of homes are not affected by these electromagnetic fields by a serious degree, but a home being exposed is certainly not rare either.
‘The government wouldn’t allow you to live that close to transmission lines if it were dangerous’
The problem is that maximum exposure standards set or accepted by governments are typically based on outdated research. What is considered ‘legally safe exposure’ has been showing for years that there are clear links to health issues, fertility problems and cancer.
The strength of low frequency electromagnetic fields is expressed in milligauss (mG) or nanoTesla (nT) or other values. In most countries the maximum ‘safe’ exposure to electromagnetic fields is 1000mG. Have a look at the table below what peer reviewed research has found over the years:
|1000 mG||Many governments safe maximum|
|2 mG to 12 mG||Shown to block the hormone melatonin in its anti-cancer action (abstract)|
|4 mG||Consistently mentioned by various research to increase likelihood of childhood leukaemia (abstract)|
|1.6 mG||Double the chances of sperm abnormalities (abstract)|
|1 to 2 mG||Mortality rate in children with leukaemia shown to be up to 370% higher than children with leukaemia that are not exposed to 1 to 2 mG (abstract)|
Therefore, a reading of just 1 milligauss (1 mG) is the value you don’t want in your home. Depending on what instrument you use and the way it measures (a flat measurement or a weighted measurement), the values you don’t want to exceed varies depending on who you speak to, but often lays between 0.8 mG and 0.3 mG (80 nT to 30 nT).
Governments can’t go back on exposure limits to EMR, it would cripple the economy
Think about this: Governments and local building requirements have allowed buildings to be constructed close to power lines for so many years, and condoned the placement of high voltage power lines, as well as street power lines, very near existing homes. If the exposure standards were now to be lowered in light of research showing health effects, it is like admitting fault that everything they supported in the past was a big mistake. The lawsuits from such a move and the amount of homes that would then simply need to be declared uninhabitable would likely cripple an economy.
What is a safe distance for a home near high voltage power lines?
It is difficult to simply attach a ‘value’ to what a safe distance might be.
- If you had a figure and it was not conservative enough, you might end up buying or renting a home too close to high voltage power lines and your health or your quality of life (chronic complaints etc.) could be severely affected.
- If you had a figure and it was too conservative, you might find yourself walking away from a dream home that was perfectly ok to purchase.
Either way, giving you a ‘safe distance figure’ is not really helping you without realising the implications of it.
Measure EMR yourself before getting professional help, but help you will need to deal with the more common domestic radiation sources
The best solution is to measure EMF exposure on a property near ANY power lines and you can do this yourself initially. You may be shocked to find out how many homes are affected by this and that many of those homes are nowhere near those ‘big’ high voltage power lines.
Once you find a home where the values are under the 0.8mG or 0.3mG depending on the instrument method of measuring, it seems to be giving you the ‘green light’. The smart thing to do, is to then get a professional to do a pre-purchase inspection and reconfirm your good findings before buying or renting a property. Just like you wouldn’t think twice about organising a pest inspection or structural building inspection before buying a home.
The consultant can then also investigate for the more common radiation types we find in most homes (electric fields in the bedroom and radio frequency radiation from phone towers etc.), and explain what needs to be ‘updated’ to the property to create a healthier environment inside.
From my time as a real estate agent, in my opinion, you are better off not putting an offer subject to a home health/EMR pre-purchase inspection, but rather do it before you put the offer in. This way you ‘let sleeping dogs lie’ (the other potential buyers) and you can, when you are happy with the property, put an offer on the table that is not subject to this ‘weird’ request that vendors will be unfamiliar with. By doing this you don’t make your offer less attractive and reduce your chances it gets accepted. – Every home buying situation is different, so you have to make up your own mind on what the best strategy is for your situation.
Distances within which you should not fail to measure EMF radiation from power supply
As long as you are fully aware that these figures could be not conservative enough or may be too conservative, here are some distances within which you should definitely investigate the EMF exposure:
- High voltage power lines (transmission lines, aka the ‘walkers’) – anywhere within 1200m / ¾ of a mile.
(Some research shows increased cases of childhood leukaemia within these distances from power lines)
- Transformer box – 150 meter / 165 yards
- Electrical substation – 150 meter / 165 yards (article)
- Street power lines on ‘your’ side of the street (above or underground)
- Solar panels being present on the home
My health is affected from living near power lines, what can I do?
This a not a great situation to be in. You purchased a home, not knowing about electronic pollution and environmental health burdens, or perhaps you didn’t think this was a problem.
The thing to remember is that your sleep is your key regenerative time… the time when your body is supposed to fix itself. For this reason, the exposure during sleep time should be seen as the most important. Sometimes, the field of electromagnetic radiation from power lines wears off over a relatively short distance. It could be that a bedroom close to the source, is affected by unsupportive levels of EMR whilst the distance to another bedroom is just enough to reduce the levels of EMR to a level where you get a better restorative sleep in terms of electromagnetic fields. This is worth investigating and perhaps moving your bedroom.
If excessive EMR exposure from high voltage power lines can’t be avoided or removed, as often it can’t be, then moving yourself away from the home seems the only logical option. Everyone has to come to that decision themselves.
If moving bedroom or house is just not an option then you should reduce all other sources (the common ones) of radiation, in specifically the bedroom, to attempt to make the burden as little as possible. You will need a proper home assessment for low-level radiation and geopathic stress, and use verifiable solutions. This may still not produce a healthy bedroom, as there is still an elephant in the (bed)room, but it will help the body as much as is possible.
Selling a property near high voltage power lines can bring both a financial and moral dilemma
People are becoming more aware that properties near high voltage power lines, as well as mobile phone towers (article), are getting harder to sell unless the vendor is prepared to reduce the price. The other problem for those realising their health has been affected by something that is ‘perfectly legal’, is that by selling it, they are passing the problem to another family who are unaware.
Brushing off the situation as a ‘Buyer Beware’ situation doesn’t seem entirely justifiable, what do you think? (leave a comment below, please) Legally, I would imagine, you would be safe as the exposure standards legally allow for this exposure to people. It is a tough one… Perhaps offering a bargain price (compared to properties not near high voltage power lines) is a way to have peace with one’s conscience… I don’t envy you for being in this situation, if this applies to you.
To buy or not to buy near power lines… that was the question
The message I’m trying to get across here is to go and measure. High voltage power lines or tiny street power lines, electromagnetic fields should be taken seriously when considering committing to a property. Homes are plagued by electric fields and radio frequency radiation as well, but this can normally be addressed just nicely through a proper assessment and products that are well designed solutions.
If this article was of benefit, if you have personal experience or questions, then please leave a comment below.
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My daughter found a lovely home to purchase in California for her family with 2 young kids. The only concern is that the house is located 400 meters from 238 KV high voltage power lines. Do you think it is safe, and what would you advise?
April 17, 2021
Same advise as in the article… you have to measure, then you know.
You say that there is no shielding against magnetic fields. What about Mu-metal? Have you tried that?
MU-Metal works for small applications but for a room it is unpractical and unaffordable. Everyone I have spoken to who has invested in it, wish they had not.
Magnetic fields are best avoided, or if possible fixed if its an issue with current.
just bought aplot 30metres from the centre of high power line132kv pylon i am i safe
You need to measure, and measure at different time of the day.
You need a good quality guass meter, like a TF2 meter and probably do our online course to know how to use it and interpret it better than you would without it.
You need to make a decision if the Government is right saying 1000mG is ok… or if our industry is more right wanting to see ideally 0.3mG in your living and sleeping spaces based on much peer-reviewed research.
The online course can be found at healthstronghold.teachable.com
Re: the post below.
We were back at the house and measured ~25.0mG on the street and with numbers inside the house over 1.0mG.
You offered below to do a zoom consultation. How do we contact you to arrange that?
Thank you for putting this information out there. I have taken your amateur class and it saved my family (with 3yon) from a potentially unhealthy home.
We are looking at another home with underground power cables. My husband measured for magnetic fields inside using the Trifled2 and got good values ~0.1- 0.5mG. However, on his way out, he was surprised to find readings between 10.0 – 11.0 mG across the street (where street lighting is) ~18m from the front door. Approximately 12m from the front door measured 4.0mG. That’s a decrease of 6.0-7.0 mG in 6 meters? Can that happen? Could the (safe) readings inside be accurate? Obviously we would go back and take more readings.
On other streets nearby, he got readings between 0.6 – 1.0 mG. It is a sought after neighborhood with homes built in the 70’s. There are transmission lines on the highway 330m+ away but the readings don’t seem to be coming from them.
We are in Spain where there are no consultants.
Great to hear my online course has helped you and you’re obviously approaching homes with a lot more confidence.
It sounds a but like more might be going on there. Those field often reduce much quicker. I wonder if there may be stray current on cables and pipes which can happen in older suburbs more so than newer ones.
If need be, we could do a Zoom consultation and I look over your shoulder as you are onsite taking measurements. I could steer you to what I’d like you to look for.
In the meantime also measure at different times of day.
Thank you very much for your reply.
Keeping in mind that in Spain our schedules are different (lunch at 2pm / dinner at 10pm / schools let out at 5pm).
We returned to the home yesterday Tues @ 6pm (vs Mon @ 5pm).
~8.0 mG (vs 10-11mG) at 18m from front.
2.0mG (vs 4.0) at 12m.
Front door +/- 1.0mG
inside downstairs front 0.5
back of home 0.3-0.4
Upstairs bedroom rear of home steady 0.2mG (thought I was measuring towards front of home but got mixed up with realtor starring at me like I’m nuts!)
The house is on a road that is crescent shaped. On the outside of it, if that makes sense. The high readings on the road are on the “inside” of the crescent along with street lighting. The high readings on the street run throughout the entire crescent shaped road.
I would love a consultation if there was anything that can be done to correct this? If it is a pipe, it runs the whole length of the road. I checked with the power company and they list on their website the typical 100mT (1000mG) limits. So I don’t think they will care much about my puny 1mT (10mG) readings. I am particularly concerned at the variation from one day to the next at a similar time. I mean, what could it be at dinner? 20mG?
No specific consultant here, but if you are still looking at this post. Never purchase a home on a crescent shaped road ending. These are called “coldisacks” in the USA. They normally have MANY power lines, finished pipe structures, or other items that come to an end here. The higher mG rating you are getting may be from leaking or excessive voltage in this collective space.
Also, from an overall “energy” standpoint for a home, avoid coldisacks, and look for a home on a street.
My electric company in Texas is putting in 138Kv lines about 300 feet from my house. The project engineer said the poles will be 111 feet tall to help offset the EMF. I won’t be able to measure with the gauss meter until the lines are put in later this year. I would like to sell now if I feel my family won’t be safe. Is there a way to pre-calculate distances if you know amps, wire size, etc.
Thanks for your help.
The problem is amps…. how much power will go through. That is what the magnetic field strength is related to. Amps is usage and guess what… they tends to increase over time.
I have for you, answered your question in a video which I’ve just uploaded. Have a look. Hope it helps
Thank you so much for the video. I appreciate your honest and informed advice.
Hi Patrick. I live 600m from a large cinema, and just over 3 years ago they renovated the cinema and made it bigger. They also installed something (I assume big transformers) on the roof, which make a terribly loud humming sound that you can hear when standing outside the cinema building with busy traffic around. They are so loud that at night in our bedroom I can hear the humming faintly in the distance. I hear this every night and it disturbs my sleep. I’m guessing if I can actually audibly hear the hum from my bedroom, then EMF from the cinema would be reaching my bedroom as well? Is there anything I can do to reduce or eliminate the noise and/or EMF or it’s effects? Or can I make a complaint to anyone?
I don’t think the noise and EMF radiation reach need to be related. Noise will travel much further. Regardless you and anyone else in any home with electricity should measure for magnetic fields. A TF2 is a nice amateur meter for that and you can do an amateur online course with me via healthstronghold.teachable.com on how to use it well.
That said, the average bedroom needs improvements and a home assessment by one our our consultants will bring all to light.
Regarding the noise, there are noise pollution laws. I’d speak to the council. You have the right to enjoy your night time in peace.
I am looking into purchasing a home but one I am considering has power lines and a large thick pole directly behind the house outside of the fence since the road is behind the fence. Is this something to be concerned about and what device can I use to measure the EMR/EMF (or whatever it is)?
Yes it can be and anything wrong with the wiring in a home can cause terrible exposure. You must measure any property (even a vacant block of land) for at least magnetic fields. A TF2 is a good amateur meter. At healthstronghold.teachable.com you can purchase a 3 hour online course on EMF home assessment and using that meter specifically to give you the confidence you’re using it right.
Thank you for the comment. So we went in and the number fluctuates! But the highest is 1.7 and by the windows goes to 1.9?
I did bring dwp as well and they had very similar numbers! Are these numbers safe?!! I should mention these numbers are in the living room the bedrooms are around 0.7!
Thx a lot
I’m wondering if you can help me to buy the right device to measure the EMF (or whatever relevant) for a land i’m planning to buy. There are power lines next to it and i’m worried that it might be too close for the pollution to be deteroation. What do you recommend I do? and which tools should i buy?
A great tool for that is the Trifield TF2 because magnetic fields are you highest priority and it does that very well whilst also showing RF levels.
But, you need to know how to use it. You can purchase an online course for this meter here to give you confidence you’re using it correctly.
How about if there are two 120V wires passing like 5 feet away from a living room. I can’t measure the EMF from that living room since I haven’t moved in yet but from the roof top on top of the living room is 1.5/1.6! I’m assuming the roof top is closer to the wires so the number is higher! Do u think that would drop to below 0.8 when we go 8 feet down? TIA
Hi, hard to picture what you are talking about.
You need to get inside and measure before committing to that property. And whilst your intentions with an amateur meter are good, you should get a professional to double check your findings and inform you about the far more common radiation types found in most homes in the property you’re considering committing to.
My brother in law has started having seizures of sorts. He blacks out momentarily and turns white as a sheet. My first thought was the high voltage transmission lines behind his house. I’m not sure how far away they are. With him working from home he spends most of his time there. I’ve recommended that he test the EMF levels asap. Any information about this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
You’ve got the right approach Rayburn. Measure, and you’ll know. Anything over 1mG I’d take very serious. Ideally it should be 0.3 in the sleeping areas.
Hi Patrick, Faraday cage would help at something? I work for a client that has one around his house and it seems to works, phone and other devices won’t have reception.
Radio frequency can be deflected (phone) but radiation from transmission lines has a frequency that is too low. Shielding is ineffective.
Hmm… Been looking at a possible home but only 30 meters away from big 300Kilovolt high voltage line. Practically right under it… Tink Ill pass even without measuring the field…
Hello Patrick I live in a14 story bldg of 147 apts I am on the 6 floor and the bldg has 2 high power towers on top.
Next door to my apt is some sort of a control panel and I guess the cables run along my bedroom wall. For some time
now I can feel vibration lying in bed and lately on the floor in other areas as well. I am over 80 and not to up on computers
Would it be possible to answer through emails at this address. Iam also very hard of hearing and can’t tell if the slight roar is
due to the power line or something else. I would appreciate your expert opinion to ease the anxiety I’m having. I don’t want
to cause any trouble for the owners as I have lived here for 14 years Before these towers were installed and have no other complaint
Thanking you for any info you may have.
Hi, thanks for reaching out. Things are so busy with us with Corona lockdowns and people wanting to protect themselves against 5G which would likely make it worse. I’ll send you a quick email or get one of my consultants to reach out to you. Thank you G.
There is an underground transformer in my back yard. And it states stay 800 feet away. However, it’s in my back yard can’t stay away for it. Unless I don’t go outside. I have children and dogs and I recently was diagnosed with breast cancer. Is there a way to block the emissions?
Hi Muriel, thanks for sharing. Short answer, as explained in the article. No. You can’t shield against magnetic fields and they have been linked to cancer in multiple studies. But before you panic, MEASURE first. Buy a decent gauss meter, I suggest a TF2. Please consider buy my online course for the TF2 (or for the ED88T) with it so you are confident on how to use it. (https://healthstronghold.teachable.com). Find out IF you’re exposed to the levels we would say is concerning and if so… you decide if its in your interest to stay there.
Exposure can also vary during the day, so measure morning, day, evening and night too. Night is most important.
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Very interesting to read. There are power lines behind our back yard that carry 130KV. The distance to the lines is around 485 feet. Now they are changing the towers to run 260KV. I guess the only way to be sure is to measure – right?
Or is there a formula that can be used to calculate the electromagnetic radiation to see if the distance is safe?
Thank you for your answer.
Absolutely. Measure, and you know.
Often things don’t work as they should which can cause unexpected fields as well. Don’t rely on a calculation. Just measure it (and monitor it).
Please spent at least U$150 on a gauss meter and it would make sense to buy a little bit of training with it. You find my online courses for some popular amateur EMF meters on https://healthstronghold.teachable.com
If i am designing a primary school, where the electric grid station is opposite to it and the power lines adjacent to the site. What would my safe distance be?
Or should i not even think of planing a school on that site?
Hi Archme, sorry for the delay.
You can’t shield against magnetic fields and they have been linked to cancer and leukaemia in multiple studies. Ideally you would MEASURE first and judge the site. Buy a decent gauss meter, I suggest a TF2. Please consider buy my online course for the TF2 with it so you are confident on how to use it. (https://healthstronghold.teachable.com). Find out IF the exposer levels are what we would say is concerning and if so… perhaps you can adjust the placement of the building (pull it further away). If levels seem ok, then do be reminded that magnetic fields depend on current and usage of electricity does tend to increase and so the field would reach further at more elevated levels later.
Exposure can also vary during the day.
I own a home with Power lines visible on back. I am trying to sale it but buyer go away because of power cables. I had EMF inspection done with below readings. Can I sue city or electricity company for my financial losses?
Magnetic ﬁelds”(mG)Average weighted reading: 1.76 mG”( Readings ranged from 1.72 to 1.84 mG )
Electric ﬁelds”(V/m)0.2 to 0.5 V/m
Those levels are too high in our opinion, but government says they are nothing to worry about. I’ve tried to answer your question by video. Find it here: https://bit.ly/2YHucCh
A 69 kva line was recently installed 100 feet from my house,I read a 8-10 milligauss inside the house,is there anything I can do to shield myself?
Hi Bob, short answer is no, sorry.
I’ve answered a similar question and the relationship with shielding paint on my personal site: https://www.healthstronghold.com/video-qa-shielding-paint-magnetic-fields/
HI Patrick! My wife and I are looking at downsizing and having a home built in a new subdivision in the town we live in now. When we went to look at the model home and saw the map of the homes that will be built in the next phase, we saw some property that looked like we would be interested in securing now when that phase eventually gets into development. When we left the new subdivision we noticed that the phase we were looking at building in had the high tension lines running near it. A distance away but none the less very visible. Should or does the developer have to disclose what readings taken in that area or are the subdivision’s liabilities limited to proximity of the lines by the towns laws or boundaries?
Dear Craig, interesting question. I’m not a law expert, but I put my answer to your question in video form on my personal website. Find it here: https://www.healthstronghold.com/video-qa-developer-liabilities-selling-land-transmission-lines/
We are considering buying a house with a voltage line of 128,000 volts. It’s not the highest but higher then an average neighborhood. What is the closest you would feel comfortable living
We’ve tried to give the most responsible answer in this article, and explained how you yourself can assess this.
You can also listen to my podcast on this subject: https://www.healthstronghold.com/living-near-power-lines-004/
Hi Patrick, I found a house close to a distribution line in backyard and a tower close by. I got the GQ EMF 390 and it provided a reading over 120-140mG in the yard, 28-40mG near kitchen area and master bedroom and around 5-7mG throughout the house. I am disheartened after reading most of the research out there and want to know what you think of this ? We have 3 kids – 2 6 yr old and a 3 yr old and I am worried for their safety.
When you say in this article that a “Transformer box” should be measured for it’s levels if they are within 150 meter / 165 yards- are you talking about those small transformer boxes that sit on front lawns or are you talking about a larger box?
Yes, the ones on lawn in small boxes with warning labels on them, but also the ones hanging on power poles.
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Could you please write the name of the Gauss Meter that you recommend, as the page you’ve given cannot be opened (it says that it doesn’t exist).
Thanks very much,
The link has been fixed, thank you. It should be: https://healthstronghold.teachable.com
You find meters that that I do courses for including much knowledge on EMFs and what to assess and look for. You can find those meter to buy from various sources.
I lived in a house across the street from a hydro field for basically the first 13 yrs of my life. We used to play in the hydro fields, cut through the fields to go to school etc. I’ve had nothing but health problems my whole life. Do u think there is a connection ?
Hard to say for sure of course.
But… the average house and bedroom is not set up for regeneration, so my question would be more pressing; What are you exposed to when you are sleeping now (and likely have had that for all previous years, no matter which house you were in)?
Best to get one of our consultants to assist you. 🙂
If there are power lines above the house (around 50 meter above the house) but one tower is located at least 200 meters away, do power lines themselves emit EMF or only the towers?
It is electricity that produces the radiation, so it’s the cables that it comes off. Not the towers.
Measure and you know.
If you are considering the purchase of an amateur meter, then please see the available online course I have some some meters at healthstronghold.teachable.com
1- 33000 power lines cause cancer or Brian toumer?
2- underground power lines cause cancer??
It is magnetic fields that are linked to cancers. Some cables throw out a lot, some less. You have to measure.
Being underground doesn’t stop magnetic fields, but they might not be strong enough to increase risk of disease… measure and you’ll know 🙂
Hi Patrick. In answer to your question about selling a home with any type EMF finding. Knowing what I know now, I’d take care of what I need to do with Geovital first. Then I’d sell the house.
We live in the middle east and our daughter’s school has 2 x cell phone transmission towers behind the school yard (within 100 meters or less.) They are 4G I think. With my Trifield 2 I’ve measured 6.36mW/m2 in the kindergarten play area. Would you consider this a concern? I’m finding it so hard to get information on ‘safe’ distances and strengths around children. I believe they follow US guidelines here. Thank you so much for any advice.
I lived in a rental property that was about 70m from a tall big tower. I already had a lump in my breast. I noticed in the 18 months we were there, my lump increased in size and my immune system was weakening as I was catching colds while the rest of the family wasn’t. My lump turned out to be DCSI cancer.and I had a mastectomy and am cancer free for now. Keep up the good work.
Thank you for sharing Kerstin.
Hi Patrick. Thanks for this amazing and informative Article.
I’ve just moved into a rental house that is within 200m of HV power lines. I was not planning on staying there too long but wanted to know how long would be a safe length of time, should there be radiation levels within the house. I was planning 1 year but may stay 2. From the previous studies you have come across, do they mention the lenght of time the EMF radiation can start having a short and/or long term effect on people’s health? I’m guessing the effect is linked to long term exposure over an extended period of time or a lifetime.
Hi Alex, thanks for the comment.
Sorry for the delay… Christmas break, back-log…
Thats a tough Q. They say ‘prolonged exposure’ when researching cancers etc… so week or month (I would imagine) would not push someone into that sort of serious problems. (I accept no liability on that assumption readers… its just an assumption, a gut feeling, and may not be right or right for everyone)
A year is definitely prolonged exposure. Not meaning something has to go wrong… Many people live in magnetic field and don’t develop serious problems. The risk or occurrence of it is increased, according to those studies.
200m might be ok though… you have to measure to know what you’re actually getting exposed to there.
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Hi – We are land and home owners in farm country, and recently were informed that high voltage power lines have been approved and will be constructed in our back yard within the next couple of years. Without measuring, I would say the approved path is probably within 50 yards of our house, right on the edge of our back yard before it turns into farm land. They will be coming to negotiate price to purchase that land from us in within the next few weeks. We just spent a lot of money to build a new house on this land 3 years ago, before any of this was in the works, and now we are concerned not only for our health but the resale value of our home. Would welcome your advice on how to handle this unfortunate situation. Thanks in advance.
Dear Kim, thank you for your comment.
50 yard does sound like trouble. That is so close. Unless not much is going though, I think you’ll likely be exposed to magnetic fields from them.
How to handle? Not sure. An insane high (happy to sell in that case) price sounds like the first strategy. I’m assuming if you say no, they’ll go to a neighbours property and if it is still close it may still affect you and property prices. Its tough.
Hello, I live with high voltage power lines next to my back fence and I am just learning about all the health effects due to health symptoms I am experiencing myself. Is there a consultant available in San Antonio Texas? Thank you!
Hi, I have a complex and serious situation. I live in a 2004 mobile home. The back of my house is down an embankment that houses utility lines and pipelines (water, gas). I live about 5 blocks from train tracks. For over a year I have been getting hit with what seems like electromagnetic shock. It wakes me up and gives me ear pain. It also causes vibrations in the house that last 5 or 10 minutes. It is worse at night and weather changes cause the symptoms to worsen. I know it is shock waves from trains because I have noticed on several occasions that the shock waves start 25 minutes before the train arrives. I have been investigating emf’s with the trifield meter. There has been very high mG of 85 and 90 on the ground under my gas service entrance. Also found high mG on the ground behind the house. I think it is a problem with the underground power line and perhaps it has lost insulation or is spliced. My house has aluminum skirting and the crawl space resonates with a sound wave. I have complained to my landlords and to the City, but I have no way to prove it since no one will believe me. Do you have any recommendations?
The magnetic fields near gas lines, or phone cables, or water pipes can indicate a flow of current where it is not supposed to be. You’ll need assistance from a consultant with that to figure out what is fixable. Find one on our site or contact the office that looks after the area you’re in. (Europe, UK or myself for Outside Europe)
I am having a hard time analyzing the results from our EMF survey (done by a professional). We are looking at property to build on, it’s about 600 feet from overhead over lines. We walked all around the 2 acre lot taking readings. Where the house would be was from .02mg to .1mg. But there were a few spots that got up to .55 and .6. Majority of the property was under .4 I would say average .2 excluding the high spots. But the readings jump around so much its hard to tell. It would say .4 and I walk 10 feet and now its only .01. It made it really difficult to decide if the property is safe or not. If your opinion would you move forward or walk away?
The only reason we’re not just walking away is because it is extremely difficult to find land in our area. We will probably never find land like this again.
Hi Katie, sorry for the delay. We’re experiencing very high volumes of requests for assistance on all fronts.
Less than 0.3mG is ideal for the bedrooms at night. Sounds like during the day this property goes over a little sometimes. Magnetic fields vary due to electricity use variations. Often at night these reduce further. It would be good to have the exposure logged throughout a night or two. Some of our consultants can help with that.
It should be noted that when you build, you want to do all you can (as you should do anyway) not to ADD to the magnetic field issue.
It is my area of expertise to assist people globally in helping them to build ‘radiation-free’ homes (low in radiation…. there is always some). Regardless if you build here or elsewhere it is wise to do things right from the start and not create the same problems we keep finding in other homes.
Let me know if you’d like me to assist you with this professionally.
Hi Patrick, thank you for such an informative article.
Is a house 300m from those high voltage transmission line safe enough? We are a young family with 2 young kids, so don’t want to risk it if not.
Hi John, you have to measure… then you know. There is research showing health affects at distances greater than 300m… so be careful. Measure with a reasonable quality gauss meter, and when you think its ok, have a professional check your assessment. Regardless, you should get your home assessed because electric fields and radio frequency radiation are common problems. Your wiring is your number ONE problem. Good luck
We put an offer in on a house close to high voltage power lines, but I made it contingent on the EMF reading. The home inspector did a reading with a GQ EMF-180. The highest reading was around 38 mG, which I thought was high, but the device said normal. We live in a different state, so we can’t do another test. Any thoughts on if maybe it reads the mG in a different scale and it’s actually safe?
Hi Tony, sorry for the delay.
I googled that meter and it comes up with a 380 model, being a gauss meter for just $130… You’d have to wonder how accurate that can be. It also has a tolerance of 15%. Regardless, 38mG seems enormous. millgauss is milligauss. The device may say ‘normal’ because the government limit is 1000mG in most countries. Sounds like this house has a problem and you should tread carefully. Fields can also increase with increased power usage.
We bought house and there are transmission power lines going from right beside this house. The reading from app in my mobile giving the reading for emf is 110ug ( microgram) please let me is that ok to live in?
Firstly… phones make radiation. So, measuring it with an app, I would not expect to have much accuracy. You have to wonder if making decisions that could have serious impact on the the fate of a family, is something you want to do with an app ran on a phone. People should investigate this with a reasonably proper tool build for that purpose and not the base models found on eBay or Amazon.
That being out of the way; If by microgram you mean microgauss, that would meen that 1 milligauss is equal to 1000 microgauss. That would mean your measurement indicates a reading of just 0.11mG which is far below our recommended 0.3mG or less for bedroom environments. At 0.11mG this is a very low reading we don’t see often in homes near normal suburban streets. If you say transmission lines are nearby, this would even more question the accuracy of your app and I wouldn’t put much faith in that measurement until it was verified by another proper meter.
Also, do keep in mind that magnetic fields are only one EMF. There are two others that are FAR more common and should be assessed and mitigated properly to create a healthier home and bedroom. So, whether for this home or any other, you should have that assessed by a professional. We have people that can help you with that.
Thanks for the comment. Hope this helps. 🙂
My husband and I were concerned about the distribution powerlines very close to our second floor apartment unit so we rented a gaussmeter and were very alarmed to find that in our master bedroom it measured 8.7mg. We did also measure throughout the rest of the apartment and it was >1 throughout. Are there laws/housing codes about the distance an apartment has to be from powerlines? What do you recommend as the next step?
Hi Chris. Sorry to hear about your situation. 8.7mG is very, very high in our experience. Provided the meter is accurate, that would be one of the worst homes I’ve come across.
Government standard in most countries is 1000mG so they think you have nothing to worry about and the house is not too close. You have to decide for yourself if staying there is a good long-term strategy for you. I can say this when it comes to other apartments being under the same roof and exposure: Be careful announcing your findings… People have threatened to take legal action because one home owner started raising the alarm which may affect the property values. Look after yourself and do what you feel is right. Shielding won’t help you wiht magnetic fields. You could get a consultant to check if internal wiring may be adding to the exposure, but if the power lines are close and the field strength increase and reduces in a logical pattern in relation to the distance from the lines… then you’re pretty safe to say they are your problem.
Is house about 15 metres from a 33kv street powerline is safe to live in?
15 meter sounds close but you need to measure your exposure. Measure or have it measured by someone like us… and you know.
I’m in a a power company is setting up high power transmission towers the metal Towers, in an urban District. It is a low-income District and they have used eminent domain to put places Towers in these people’s yard. I am concerned about that not only the devaluation of the property and surrounding properties but the health Factor as well. I am trying to see if I can get any information from you basic on this article. I appreciate any help you can give me. They intend to place 88 of these towers approximate 10 mile radius. I need your thoughts on this.
Hi Janet, Thanks for your concern. The problem is the exposure standards of government. If the rules say this is ok, then to counter the installation you’d have to fight and prove their standards are too high. This is something I would expect they’ll fight tooth and nail as it would pull into question every house that currently is already so close that there is cause for concern. This is where economic interests come into play. – Perhaps look for other people that have fought similar battles, connect with council as a community and fight on grounds of property value loss due to them being an eye-sore and perceived to be unhealthy and push for a written guarantee that dispite the mounting research that these things cause cancer and fertility issues, your council members stand to be responsible for this action AND that their insurance covers claims for electronic pollution (EMR)… (which it won’t I’m guessing).
I’ve been living at an apartment complex for two years now and I couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong with me until I looked up at that power line and heard it sizzle. I had a sort of eureka moment once I put the pieces of the puzzle together. See, I am 28, should be in my prime and I’m not. I’ve been having all kinds of problems, but the worst is the insomnia that started coincidentally right about when I moved in. This power line is not even 20 feet away from my bedroom. I can hear the electricity surge through it when I have the bedroom window open, and I’m in the basement! I have to wonder if that’s why people have been so crazy here as well, even the landlord who lives two floors above me is absolutely out of his mind sometimes.
Does anyone know where I can get a device that measures all of what was mentioned in the article?
Thanks for sharing Micky.
Magnetic fields is what you need to measure. A nice amateur meter is the TF2 I did an article on not long ago https://en.geovital.com/the-new-tf2-trifield-gauss-meter-as-tool-for-the-amateur-product-review-test/ but all those cheap meters do fall short when it comes to radio frequency and electric field assessment. You really need a consultant for that. But, given what you describe, it sounds like magnetic fields may be high and you can’t shield against them… so measure first and then assess if its a good long-term strategy to stay there under those circumstances.
Hello Patrick I hope you can respond fast enough 😉 we are trying to put a offer for a ome we REALlY like for our Family but we are not sure if the readings we have makes sense. We are extremely health councious and would not move to a home that would be detrimental to our kids healthy. But I am not sure if I am understanding the readings … sorry I am kind of a complete ignorant im that area. Our Reading arr 38V/m and O.10 uT Normally when we go around power lines etc this thing will make a sound letting us know the danger. In the yard of the home we love did not make the soung but not sure if the readings still safe for our family. TIA
Good example of having a meter and not knowing what you’re looking at. I’m assuming where you bought it there is also nobody to ask…
The uT (microtesla) reading will be the magnetic field value. In order of magnitude (going smaller) it goes from 1 Tesla, to millitesla (1/1000th), microtesla (uT) (1/1,000,000th) to nanotesla(nT) (1/1,000,000,000th). Health affects are well documented from levels of 100nT and in our industry we say ideally we should see maximum 30nT in a bedroom environment.
Your reading, provided it is accurate, is 0.10uT which would equal 100nT.
The other thing to realise is that magnetic fields are caused by current and so when the usage of power increases on a daily basis or in the years to come, your exposure can be different.
I would advise anyone to buy a quality gauss meter to measure with yourself (knowing what you’re looking at of course. Buying these things cheap from companies who just SELL stuff but can’t help you is not the right place to start) and once you think you have a home without magnetic field issues, then get a professional through to confirm your findings and properly investigate the usual problems nearly all homes have and how to mitigate that for you.
Good luck with the house hunt 🙂
Good Day! May I inquire? we have a lot property near the power line 10-15 meters away. Is it risky in health? As was said in that subdividsion it was approved by the goverment but as checking and researching, it was very risky. Can you suggest what to do in that property? File against that subdivision due to effect of that power lines?
10-15 meters sound very very close. You have to measure what the exposure is and then make your mind of what increased risk is acceptable. Most of this is covered in this very article. 0.3mG (=30nT) or less is ideal for the bedroom. 1mG (100nT) is where research starts about health affects, ranging from immunity suppression, feritity issues and cancer risk increase between 1 and 2 mG (100 to 200nT). The government limit is likely 1000mG where you are.
Taking legal action will be hard or impossible as you will have to prove what governments are actively ignoring or don’t want to hear about. I don’t like your chances on health/radiation grounds.
Same as other people asking: Measure and you know your exposure. We have consultants that can help you, or you can buy a QUALITY gauss meter to this part yourself. The radiation from other sources (wiring, phone towers etc) will need other better meters.
I may buy a lot and build a home near some big power line and towers. I took a reading and the emf ‘s were not showing up on the meter. Reading zero. But the meter read s electric fields also and read high. What’s the difference? electric field vs.emf ? Will we be safe? Is it just picking up the electric from the lines? thanks!
Without knowing what meter you took on-site, I’d immediately think that meter is faulty or simply not sensitive enough to pick up what we need to know. Magnetic fields can come out quite a distance. Send a message using the quick question form down the very bottom of this page and we can recommend a good amateur meter.
Slight possibility is that the transmission lines are direct current lines in which case they won’t show up on a AC gauss meter.
Magnetic fields must be avoided as they can’t be shielded against. For Radio Frequency radiation from towers we can fix this for you in the home or bedroom using T98 paint for example. This is needed in more and more homes, and in my opinion the bedrooms of all young girls should be shielded as they have all their ‘eggs’ for future generations already within them as they grow up.
Be careful with your purchase… you have to get this magnetic field subject right.
Patrick, I find this comment so validating, but it makes me want to cry. I recently examined no fewer than TWELVE possible housing options for my college age daughter, using my amateur tools to measure emf’s and to look for possible mold issues. (Was only aware because I have another child with autoimmune issues.) Finally found a place for her, but I worry about the hundreds of other college kids exposed to obscenely high levels. And for their future babies. I need to learn more — there seems to be no ‘voice’ speaking to these issues in my area. We so appreciate the info you’re providing!
Thank you Laura.
I found out in the beginning when I started doing home assessments, that a person can either make noise and try fight the issues of exposure, OR you can work to help people protect themselves from them. You can’t do both. I did in the beginning and before you knew it your business was being covered in government body scrutiny. We used to do a few free home assessment each month for people with cancer. Within months my presence was requested at the Australia consumers affairs office as they claimed we ‘could be taking advantage of people with cancer because we also sold products (solutions)’ for these people. We then stopped offering the free assessments and keeping our ‘activist’ head low from then on. We’ll do a great job helping people create healthier sleep environments and let others do the fighting. We need more consultants globally, if you know of anyone interested to do training.
Good an ya for investigating the magnetic fields. Just keep in mind that electric fields from wiring is often a problem but most amateur meters can’t assess it properly. For radio frequency radiation the same goes. Both of those can typically be fixed one way or another, but fix it we should.
Keep spreading the word!
Hi I am purchasing a top floor apartment …. power lines are 30-40 metres away. I would say medium sized ones …. I have 2 children. I’m tempted to pull out
Hi Gemma, sorry to hear this information came to you too late. If possible, you should definitely go measure the magnetic fields with a quality gauss meter. 1 milligauss (mG) is where the bad news starts and so that should be avoided by some margin as magnetic fields will vary in strength depending on usage. Ideally, it should be 0.3 mG in the bedrooms in my opinion.
Hi! Mi mum’s windows are facing right a high voltage tram cabel – as she lives right above the final stop, where trams are passing, and standing by.
Do you think it could be harmful? She has vary many health issues, cancer(s), too.
Thank you for the information!
Tram lines can definately be a big source of magnetic fields which are linked to melatonin being blocked in its natural anti-cancer action. Tram lines typically function at around 16Hz and so not every gauss meter might pick that up. You should get it investigated by a professional and at the same time assess or address the other more typical EMFs in a home. Geopathic Stress can also be a serious contributor, so your consultant is ideally able to do this for you as well. Sounds like quick action is required here. Good luck.
We live 80 meters (260 feet) from huge power lines. But before moving here we measured the magnetic field and surprinsingly it was 0,01-0,02uT – which is 0,1-02, milligause I suppose.
This is pretty safe for young children, isn’t It? How come it is so low given the short distance? My parents have been living here for 5 years now and haven’t had any new health issues.
Greetings from Spain.
Hi Monica in Spain. (Boy did I love to holiday there when I was a kid)
If with 0,02 uT you mean microtesla (an expression of magnetic field strength) that indeed converts into 20nT (nanoTesla) which is 0.2 mG and quite a nice reading.
There is the small chance that the transmission lines are direct current. Which wouldn’t show up will on your typical gauss meter. Try and find out from the power company if that is the case.
If they are AC, then perhaps not much is going through… it has been low on that time of the day and could be different at other times, or the meter you have is not accurate.
You really need a professional to investigate it for you, and also investigate the problems like electric fields and radio frequency radiation which are common problems in homes. I can do some consulting over the phone at a cost and help you investigate this yourself. We don’t have consultants in Spain yet…. if interested, maybe you should come to our training in Austria in September this year. Only a few spots left though.
Greetings sir how much is 1mG in meter?
mG (milligauss) is an expression of magnetic field strength. It has nothing to do with distance. It depends on how much current is passing by.
Hello from northern ireland. In the process of buying a new house which unfortunately is close to a large pylon with 33,000 volt powerlines.
There is also a small electric sub station close to the property. I am obsessively concerned and have done a lot of reading online! Im concerned with possible health effects like childhood leukemia. I have had the electricity company out to take readings. He said he got 0.02 microtessla reading at the back door during an afternoon he said its unlikely inside would Be any higher than 0.1 microtessla… But now i dont know if i trust the electric company as they have themselves to protect! Plus i am concerned that at some stage they might up the voltage of the lines!! The man doing the readings said that 33000v on such big pylons meant the lines wer even higher than required. He assured me the readings are much lower than those commonly associated with negative health effects. Wouldn’t
mind hearing your thoughts. The pylon is approx 60m from the house and the lines run in the direction of the house but dont pass over the house.
Thanks for the question. I’ve answered your specific question in a video I just uploaded to my Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/Patrick-van-der-Burght-1996353220673771/ Please follow it).
If anyone reads this later, go down my timeline on Facebook to 10 or 11th March 2019 to find this video.
Hope it helps and you take the ‘warning’ at the end, to heart.
Hi, Patrick. We are looking at a lovely home about 150 feet from high voltage lines – not the huge lines that carry power from town to town, but the lines that carry from power stations to smaller sections of town. I am not yet sure what voltage electricity they carry, but enough that there is an easement area of 100 feet on both sides of the wires.
My question is, can I use your products to help make the house safe? How effective are the shielding mesh, paint, fabric and grounding tape? If they were extensively utilized in the house, might it be enough to stave off the problem? How about a swimming pool that is 200 feet from the high voltage lines?
Thank you for your insights.
The problem with magnetic fields is that you can’t really shield against them with something that is effective, affordable and has a chance of success. All our shielding products address either electric fields or radio frequency radiation. Not magnetic fields.
‘Power lines’ also throw of electric fields if above the ground. Shielding a home will help against this.
The same advise applies: You have to measure and leave a little space for fluctuations in exposure and for the fact that more power could be used on those lines in the future. Buy a quality amateur gauss meter to investigate this, and when you think you have a winner, get a professional to double check your findings and investigate the other more common but fixable issues.
We have a growing network of people keen to assist families with this.
My water is so toxic I can’t even take a shower without filters. But I stayed for years because I could not bring myself to sell it to anyone else. Now they are building a 750KVA transmission line literally 50 feet from my bed room. You can’t make this shit up..
I don’t see how giving the buyer a cheaper price provides moral relief. If you feel immoral selling a house to someone that may make them sick I can understand that. I cannot however understand how giving them some money helps with that at all? Seems odd that someone would say I am selling someone a house that may make them or their children sick but I can sleep well because they saved money? Seems like if your moral compass says nobody should live there then nobody should live there. If you feel right with someone living there then make your money.
I need the details of safe distance to construct house near the power transmission lines basing KV rating of particular line.
my house near street house power line line, only 2 feet gap between power line and wall. need advice
Like suggested in the article… you need to measure for the magnetic fields and hopefully your exposure is at least lower than 1mG and ideally at or under 0.3mG. You can purchase a quality gauss meter to investigate just these fields, or get a consultant to assess this and the other more common sources of radiation in a home.
So, from this article, almost all of the houses in my city, Henderson, TX, are uninhabitable, since street lines are everywhere here, there’s 2 high voltage power plants, there’s alote of cell towers here, and, I don’t know if this affected anything, back in 5th grade, when I was at Northside (the campus for 4th and 5ht grade in Henderson) has a power plant right behind it, but it seems abandoned, since all of the transformers are rusted and use the older standard. My house isn’t close to a high voltage power plant, but I can see a phone tower far in the distance at night, and I have a transformer infront of my house, with power lines behind it. Is that too close, or am I safe?
Hi Evan, power lines are everywhere but are not necissarily a problem. I tried to explain that in the article. The distances mentioned are more distances in which I strongly recommend you measure your exposure.Hopefully your exposure is at least lower than 1mG and ideally at or under 0.3mG in the bedrooms. You can purchase a quality gauss meter to investigate just these fields (TF2 not a bad choice), or get a consultant to assess this and the other more common sources of radiation in a home. We may have someone in Tx soon, but we also have people that travel there and do assessments. Contact us via usa (at) geovital dot com with your details and we can try to find someone for you.
Hola Patrick, from south Chile,
thanks for all you do!
Is there a source for your products in Chile?
We are going to build a house out in the country, there is an ugly set of towers on top of a small mountain maybe 2 Km from us.
The imediate issue is for a friend working in a big new hospital with power input lines into the building 6 feet from our friends desk! I would love to cover the windows for her, but this will no doubt stir things up with management.
Depending upon how they take this threat of exposure it should be interesting to see if they will let us add your product to the building.
Thank you for your message. I will email you and we can discuss how we can assist you with your new home. The 2Km distance from the transmission lines seems a nice distance but no doubt your home will have the usual problems like electric fields and RF radiation if we don’t help you. – For your friend, if its power coming into the building and magnetic fields are the issue… there is not much that can be done. Best to measure exposure and move desk to an area where exposure is acceptable. I’ll email you. Give me a few days, we’re teaching online this week 🙂 http://bit.ly/2hOgAmf
I have become more familiar with magnetic fields that come from underground cables running along streets, I measured 30 Milligauss at the front door of properties along a terraced houses street, near a large shopping centre and cinema, it is possible that the power drawn by the shopping centre is creating bigger magnetic field exposure to the residents living in the terraced houses. Readings in the front room of the terraced cottages 7 milligauss in the front room, one of the front rooms is a bedroom, The kitchen at the back shows readings of 3 milligauss. The occupants are tenants, renting but will find it difficult to get another similar accomodation at the same price. The sub tenant doesn’t know about the readings. It is a concern also I noticed and observed my body beginning to tremour at another house, in the front bedroom, where I know the readings are above 2 milligauss due to the power draw of the owner in her bedroom with an electric blanket, a tv and receiver, a cordless phone, a router for the internet, an emergency alarm. the cables run up the wall at the head of the bed from the consumer unit below. I think that the builders are irresponsilbe and neglient with such short sightedness, at least I think people have a right to know, and led from government departments, it is true exactly what Patrick has mentioned about Government Standards, In Ireland they are disconnected from these issues, unaccountable on a cost benefit analysis, that if 5% of the population suffer in the name of progress, so be it. But I think this is the wrong attitude to have. I keep telling everybody I meet about http://www.geovital.com, but some believe me more that others. It helps if your sensitive first, even if both HF and LF Radiation cause viscosity of the blood. We have to acknowledge the truth, and see the lies and ignorance of our fellow country informers of knowledge, they are not telling us many things which are damaging our health, – There is a time for war and a time for peace, You decide what you want.
Thanks very educative
Hi Ashley, thank you for your comment.
The problem is that the allowable exposure standards set by most governments is set way to high. According to their yard-stick your exposure is likely perfectly acceptable and no cause for concern. Any research showing the opposite would be simply disregarded as being inconclusive or somehow not applicable.
Best to have it assessed with meaningful instrumentation, and then you have to make your own decision where you place your faith and if staying in a given situation is a good long-term strategy for you. If you decide to stay, then as many as possible EMF sources should be shielded or eliminated, but an assessment is the wise first step.
Can I sue for this I’m 124 ft from the tower.. new house built by bf two years ago I didn’t know him then but I’m very much not well, never was.. however I’m beginning to realize this house is obviously not helping. So how do we bring awareness and fight the builder from continuing to build so close ..? They put a school right under them on other side of me I’m just outraged.