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Why would a home have natural gas appliances but no gas meter?
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
When a house has been vacant and the gas turned off for an extended period of time, the gas utility removes the meter. You can usually find a pipe sticking out of the ground near one of the exterior walls of the house, like in the photo above, that is capped and has a locked shut-off valve. You might also be able to see the faint outline of the mounting bracket for the meter on the wall behind the pipe.
But sometimes there is no visible evidence there ever was a gas meter. Federal and State regulations require gas service piping made of older materials (like black plastic, bare steel, copper, etc.) to be removed at the gas main after service has been inactive for two years. So, in that situation, there might be no above-ground evidence of a former gas service.
Most gas utilities do not charge to reinstall gas service, when requested, after it has been removed to meet those government requirements.
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