We check the gas pipeline with highly sensitive equipment that can detect natural gas levels at far below what you can smell.
Buried steel pipelines are monitored to ensure that adequate protection measures are in place so that the pipe doesn't deteriorate.
We periodically inspect your gas meter to check for corrosion and other safety concerns. We may paint and take a picture of the meter for our records.
Gas Meter Swaps
Meters are taken out of service when they are at the end of their service life. This may require a disruption in your service. If required, we will relight your appliances at a convenient time.
Natural gas meter testing facts:
To ensure your safety, Avista employees wear photo identification, and authorized contracted representatives also have identification. Whether an Avista employee or contractor inspects your natural gas meter or piping, they should be willing to identify themselves, explain what they are doing and provide you with identification if requested.
Access to your home is usually not needed to perform maintenance for most natural gas meter or piping inspections. However, it may be necessary to relight the natural gas appliances in your home if your meter is changed out. If this happens, our employee or contractor will contact you to arrange a convenient time to relight your appliance. To ensure your safety, do not attempt to relight your natural gas equipment yourself.
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