Know where your gas pipes are before you start digging | Safety | SGN

Know where your gas pipes are before you start digging | Safety | SGN

So you’ve decided to improve your house. Your plans are drawn up and you’ve chosen either to do the work yourself or hire someone to do it for you. Now you need to find out where all the gas pipes are in relation to the work you’re about to do. If any gas pipes are damaged due to
home improvement work, they could put you, your family
and your neighbours at risk. Your property could also be damaged and there
may be financial costs as a result. This is where we come in. If you’re planning any home improvements,
such as building a conservatory, planting a tree or installing a fence or driveway,
we’re here to keep you safe. The first step is to use our online service to get
maps of your site or garden area. You can access these maps by visiting As well as showing the location of our gas mains, you will also receive maps of some
other underground utilities, such as certain water pipes and electricity cables. The map from us will show you where
our gas main is on your street but it may not show you your own small
service pipe that runs from the road to your house. The simplest way to locate it is to know where the gas supply enters your house at your meter. Your meter may be inside or outside your house. Usually your gas service pipe will take the shortest route from our gas mains shown on the drawings. Once you’ve marked out the route,
dig trial holes to check the location of the pipe. If you’re unsure, please get in touch and
we’ll arrange for one of our team to contact you. When you’ve dug your trial holes and
confirmed the position of the pipe, you’re ready to start your home improvements. If you accidentally damage a pipe, don’t go near it
or try to repair it yourself. Call the National Gas Emergency Number
immediately on 0800 111 999. We’re here to keep you and our pipes safe. Before you start any work around your house,
make sure you know what’s below.

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  1. This was very helpful! Thank you!

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