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Renovations, Safety and Your Gas Pipes

Call a professional to locate natural gas pipes

If you have a natural gas range, fireplace, dryer or barbecue, you will have natural gas pipes running throughout your house. It's important to locate these pipes before beginning any work, as you could easily damage them (even during the most routine renovations) and cause a gas leak.

Do not assume you know where the pipes are

Never assume that you know where the pipes are located in your home – or what is in them. To prevent potentially dangerous leaks, follow these steps: 

  • Ask your registered heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor to identify all natural gas and other piping before beginning any construction work
  • If natural gas pipes must be relocated or removed to accommodate your renovations, be sure to hire an HVAC contractor who is certified to work with natural gas
  • Don't do it yourself or rely upon anyone who isn't qualified

Unused pipes? Call us first

If you come across a natural gas pipe entering your home from below ground that does not appear to be in use, please call us at 1-877-362-7434 to discuss the potential for removal. We remove abandoned natural gas pipes free of charge.

Call before you dig

Today, there are many natural gas pipes, lines and cables buried underground. Digging in the wrong spot could cause serious damage, injury or death. You could also cut off service to the entire neighbourhood. So always call before you dig – it's the law!

To find out if it's safe to dig call Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255 at least a week before starting your project. This free pipe and cable locating service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Wear protective clothing

Installing insulation, using solvents or chemical strippers, and sanding and refinishing may release dust, flying particles, toxic fumes or other contaminants.

To stay safe, always wear protective clothing, including safety goggles and masks.

Ensure there is adequate airflow

Natural gas appliances require airflow. When adding partitions or walls around your furnace, water heater or other natural gas appliances, ensure that they have an adequate air supply. An HVAC contractor can help you evaluate the situation.

Don't hang clothes on gas lines

Overhead natural gas pipes may seem like an ideal place to hang clothes or other items, but the weight of these items could damage the pipe and cause a leak.