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Gas line maintenance

FortisBC maintains your home's gas meter, and the gas service line that extends to it from the street.

As a property owner, you are responsible for maintaining the gas line that extends past the meter into your home, and any lines that may run underground to detached buildings, pools or outside appliances like barbecues or patio heaters.

Gas lines require regular inspection

A licensed gas contractor, or leak inspector, will locate and conduct specialized tests to ensure your buried gas lines are functioning safely and efficiently.

It's a good idea to have a licensed gas contractor inspect visible and buried gas lines at the same time you're having regular maintenance performed on your gas appliances. Not sure how often your natural gas appliances need servicing? Check your owners’ manuals for recommended intervals.

Trees and other plants near gas lines

Trees growing over or near gas lines can interfere with routine maintenance surveys and have the potential to damage the protective coating on the buried pipe. 

We regularly survey our lines to identify trees, bushes and other plants that present a risk to power lines and natural gas lines, and we hire skilled, trained contractors to safely trim or remove potentially hazardous vegetation.

Hazardous trees or other plants on private property

If you’re planting a new tree on your property, follow these steps to avoid having to cut down or trim your tree later on:

  1. Avoid planting trees or bushes near gas lines. Call FortisBC or BC One Call before digging in your garden or yard, to find out the location of buried utility lines.
  2. Consider the root span of the tree. As it grows, the roots may present a hazard to gas lines. Plant trees in an area where they will maintain a safe distance from the gas line when fully grown.