Maintaining Your Natural Gas Pipes
Virginia Natural Gas is responsible for maintaining the gas lines that deliver natural gas to the meter at your home or business. You are responsible for maintaining the gas lines from the meter to the natural gas-burning appliances throughout your home, business and property – indoors and outdoors, above and below ground. Don’t forget that you may have gas lines extending to yard lights, grills, pool heaters and garage or workshop heaters.
If there is more than three feet between your meter and your home, Virginia Natural Gas will monitor the primary pipeline. However, you are still responsible for repairs. (Virginia Natural Gas does not monitor any fuel lines after the meter for business customers.)
You should periodically have your buried gas piping inspected for corrosion and leaks and have repairs made if any unsafe condition is found. Also, any repairs, locating and appliance connector replacements and inspections should only be performed by a plumbing contractor, heating contractor or other qualified professional. When excavating near buried gas piping, the piping should be located in advance, and the excavation done by hand.