Call before you clear
What you need to know before clearing a sewer line
When utility lines are installed underground, it is possible that some unintentional intersections or “cross bores” have been created. A natural gas line crossing through a sewer pipe is rare, but they can co-exist safely and go undetected until the sewer pipe is blocked and needs to be cleared. If a cross bore is present, clearing the sewer can damage the natural gas line and potentially cause a safety hazard for surrounding homes and businesses.
By calling BC One Call before you begin clearing a blocked sewer, you can find out if natural gas lines are intersecting the sewer line and prevent accidents and damages from happening.
Blocked sewer line? Call BC One Call first.
Even if you don't use natural gas, always call BC One Call, as natural gas lines could be nearby.
- Call or ask your sewer clearing professional to call BC One Call at
1-800-474-6886. The service is free, easy and available 24 hours a day.
- Let the agent know that you’re calling about a “sewer service line blockage.” BC One Call will notify FortisBC immediately. We’ll make every effort to respond within two hours or less.
- If a cross bore is found during the inspection, the gas and sewer pipes will be repaired at no cost to you.
- Don't begin clearing the sewer with rotating equipment or water jets until inspection has ruled out the presence of a cross bore.
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Learn how easy it is to contact BC One Call and have your sewer line inspected for cross-bores, free and fast.
We’re here to help
If you have questions, contact BC One Call at 1-800-474-6886 or the FortisBC natural gas Emergency Line at 1-800-663-9911 (24 hours).