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 1 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 1 Call first.

Even if you don't use natural gas, always call BC 1 Call, as natural gas lines could be nearby. 

  1. Call or ask your sewer clearing professional to call BC 1 Call at 1-800-474-6886. The service is free, easy and available 24 hours a day.
  2. Let the agent know that you’re calling about a “sewer service line blockage.” BC 1 Call will notify FortisBC immediately. We’ll make every effort to respond within two hours or less.
  3. If a cross bore is found during the inspection, the gas and sewer pipes will be repaired at no cost to you. 
  4. 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 1 Call and have your sewer line inspected for cross-bores, free and fast.

We’re here to help

If you have questions, contact BC 1 Call at 1-800-474-6886 or the FortisBC natural gas Emergency Line at 1-800-663-9911 (24 hours).