Care for your meter in winter
Snow and ice on your meter can create a safety hazard because a build-up on the regulator can block the vent and allow excess gas pressure into your home. Accumulated snow and ice can put stress on the meter piping and could cause a gas leak.
Check your natural gas meter regularly for snow and ice build-up. Even though natural gas meters and pressure regulators are built to withstand extreme winter weather conditions, you need to keep them clear of snow and ice.
- Clean and repair eavestroughs in the fall. Freezing rain, roof runoff or water from leaking eavestroughs can cause a build-up of ice on the meter below.
- Remove any large icicles hanging above your meter or appliance vents.
- Carefully brush snow from your gas meter with your hand or a broom.
- Avoid using a snow blower in the area of your natural gas meter.
- Never hit, kick or use a hard object like a shovel on the gas meter assembly to break away ice or snow.
Sidewall vents are common in high efficiency natural gas furnace and water heating installations. Keep the area around these vents clear year-round for safe operation of the equipment.
If you notice an ice build-up on any part of the natural gas meter and/or pressure regulator set, do not try to remove it by kicking or hitting the meter or piping, contact us.