Protect Your Meter
Can you see your gas meter?
It is important that your gas meter is not obstructed by overgrown shrubbery for more than one reason. Easy access to the meter helps insure that our meter reader is able to read your meter each month. More importantly, it allows the company personnel, fire and police to find your meter in case of a fire or other emergency at your residence. It is also necessary to keep the shut-off valve beneath your meter clear at all times. This valve needs to be easy to reach in case of an emergency. Our first concern is for your safety, so please be sure your meter and shut-off valve are visible and easily accessible.
Protect your meter during harsh winter weather
1. Keep your meter clear of snow and ice.
- Make sure your meter is visible at all times and accessible for maintenance and emergency responders (i.e. Piedmont Gas service personnel, meter readers and firefighters).
- Never let snow completely cover your meter.
- Do not shovel snow up against your meter
- Take care in using a snow blower or plow near your meter.
- NEVER kick or hit the gas meter or its piping to break away built-up snow or ice, if you feel there is a potential problem, call Piedmont Gas.
2. Keep your gutter clear.
- Icicles hanging from your gutter, water dripping from your roof, or freezing rain can create an icy build-up on your gas meter and connections.
- Remove icicles from overhangs.
- Protect your meter from dripping water which would freeze on meter piping.
3. Keep air supply ducts and vents clear.
- Keep vents unobstructed and free of debris – some direct vent and high efficiency appliances have side wall vents and air intakes that could become obstructed during heavy snow fall.
- Gas equipment requires air for safe combustion and venting of appliances.
- Know where your air supply ducts are and keep them free of snow and ice.
- Check that your chimney or roof vent is clear.
Why is it so important to keep your meter clear?
- Accumulated snow places stress on your meter piping – damage to the piping can cause a gas leak.
- In case of emergency, emergency response crews need clear access to your meter.
- Blocked regulator vents may result in abnormal pressure, affect appliance operation, and interrupt service.