What Can You Expect?
With a construction project of this size, you have lots of questions about what work we’ll need to do in or around your property. Here’s a quick look at the steps we take to replace gas lines in your neighborhood.
- MARK the right of way and existing utilities with flags, stakes and temporary paint. When we make personal contact with you, please alert us of any sprinkler systems or invisible fences. In this step, we will also videotape the entire construction path so that we can ensure that we’ve fully restored the affected area when we’re finished. In some cases, we may need to videotape the storm and sanitary sewer systems in order to determine how we’ll install the new main and service lines in your neighborhood.
- INSTALL the main line. This pipe usually currently runs underneath your street or alley, but the new main line will likely be placed under the sidewalk or in the tree lawn area next to the street. Depending on the location of other utilities underground, we may choose to install the new main line by directional boring or by trenching.
- REPLACE the service line. This pipe runs from the main line to the meter that serves your home or business. Once we get close to installing the new service line and doing work on your property, you will be contacted by a member of our crew to discuss the location of the new service line and meter. Typically, crews will knock on your door and leave a door tag with the name and phone number of a crew member for you to contact if you are not home at the time.
- RELOCATE any indoor gas meters to the outside of the home or business. If your meter is already outside of your home or business, this step may not be necessary. Our crews will work with you when they are close to working on your property to determine the new meter location if this step is necessary for you.
- RESTORE your property, including sidewalks, lawns and driveways. It may be several days or even weeks between some of these steps. For more detailed information on how we’ll put things back together when we’re done, please visit our page on Restoration.