All gas pipes downstream of the gas meter belong to the property owner. They are responsible for the maintenance and operation of this portion of the fuel line system. If you have buried natural gas piping, be advised of the following:
- Buried piping that is not maintained may be subject to the potential hazards of corrosion and leakage.
- Buried piping should be:
- Periodically inspected for leaks;
- Periodically inspected for corrosion if the piping is metallic;
- Repaired or removed from service if any unsafe condition is discovered.
- Before excavating/digging near buried piping, the piping should be located and excavating done carefully by hand. Underground locating contractors may assist with locating buried piping. A plumbing or heating contractor may be able to provide assistance with inspection and repair of buried piping.
Some examples of buried gas piping not maintained by Alliant Energy are:
- Buried piping past the outlet of a meter supplying mobile homes;
- Buried piping past the outlet of a meter supplying secondary buildings, such as a detached garage and workshops;
- Buried piping past the outlet of a meter supplying additional equipment, such as pool heaters, gas grills and yard lamps.