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Understanding Your Responsibilities as a Natural Gas Line Owner in San Tan Valley

As a homeowner or business owner in San Tan Valley, it's essential to be aware of your responsibilities when it comes to natural gas lines. While the City of Mesa operates and maintains the natural gas systems up to the meter, the piping from the meter to your appliances is your responsibility.

Ownership Responsibilities

When you think about the utilities in your home, you likely consider the maintenance of your plumbing and electrical systems as part of your routine upkeep. Similarly, the gas piping that runs from the meter outside your home to each gas appliance, whether located indoors or outdoors, belongs to you, the property owner. This means that the safety, maintenance, and repair of these pipes are in your hands.

Maintenance and Safety

To ensure the safety and efficiency of your gas appliances, it's crucial to periodically inspect your gas piping. Look out for any signs of wear such as leaks, corrosion, or rust. These can not only compromise your gas system's efficiency but also pose serious safety risks.

If you discover an unsafe condition and need repairs,  contact a licensed professional. A qualified technician can provide a thorough inspection and carry out any necessary repairs, ensuring that your system remains safe and operational. If you smell natural gas or have a gas emergency, move to a safe location and immediately call 911 and 480-644-4277.

Digging Safely

Planning a home improvement project that involves digging? Remember, underground utilities, including gas lines, can be closer to the surface than you might think. Before you start digging, it's imperative to call Arizona 811 to have your utility lines located and marked. Please be aware that utility owners will only mark what they own and maintain. Typically, this means they will only mark to the meter; anything beyond the meter is customer-owned and maintained and will not be marked by the utility company. Plumbing, heating, or utility locating contractors can assist with locating customer buried piping. Using this free service will help you avoid a potentially dangerous and costly mistake.

When you are digging near any marked lines, always hand dig to minimize the risk of damaging buried utilities. It's better to be cautious and take the time to dig safely than to deal with the consequences of a severed line.

Stay Informed

For more information on safe digging practices, call Arizona 811. Educating yourself about these responsibilities not only ensures your safety but also helps in maintaining the integrity and efficiency of your home's or business's infrastructure.

By staying proactive about maintenance and safety, you can enjoy the benefits of your natural gas system without unnecessary risk, keeping your property safe and sound.
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