Where gas lines cross you property edge, and run maybe 200' to the meter by
Do gas companies generally make you repair those lined between house and
Or, is that considered their job to take care of?
Just starting to ask about our situation here.
I'm sure this varies from place to place. In my area, the utility company
makes the rules and specs, the homeowner or builder's licensed plumber
installs the lines as per spec, and the utility company maintains the lines
up to the inlet side of their meter. This makes sense because if a line
breaks before the meter, it costs them.
Another thing that hasn't been mentioned-- how would you repair such a
line anyway. Does the main line running down the street or alley have a
shut off where each line branches off to go to the individual meterd, or
would the entire main have to be shut down if a repair was needed.
They often get buried over time but can be important if a gas leak
occurs or a home fire where firefighters cant reach the meter shutoff.
Heck I know of 2 people who gas meters got hit with runaway vehicles:(
If our main leaks the GOOD NEWS!! It may be replaced without digging
up the entire line:)
Just either end. Street shutoff and meter, or home if meter is in
front yard near curb.
Plumbers sanakes a new plastic line thru the old leaky one. Saves
money and big dig:( and restoration.
Fact is equitable replaces main lines in the same way. Dig at each
curb connection snake new plastic line thru old metal one. saves
tearing up streets sidewalks etc etc.
If the OP has a gas odor I highly recommend calling the gas company.
Gas leaks can be very hazardous, and the leak may not be theirs. it
may just be following their lines, can get into basements thru sewer
gas company or plumber can pressure test line to find out if home line
is leaking, or not. often its a main service line leak and the gas
Typically they will repair, at their cost, anything up to, and
including the meter. Anything beyond the meter is the homeowners
In other words, if the gas leaks out before the meter they aren't
getting paid for their product and that isn't good for business.
Our Constitution needs to be used less as a shield
for the guilty and more as a sword for the victim.
Not here in Ohio. The gas company's responsibility ends at the street shutoff.
The entire line under the lawn to your meter is yours to maintain, but they
can and will shut it down if it leaks. I've been through it personally. The
gas utilities sell insurance to cover repair costs, they put flyers in the
mail every so often to try and get you to sign up. The main catch I see
looking through the literature is that pre-existing conditions are not
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