PSE&G: Blocked Sewer? It could be a cross bore.
What is a cross bore?
A sewer cross bore is what results when a natural gas pipe is accidentally installed through the sewer pipe to your home. This can happen when a natural gas utility installs a gas service pipe underground from the street to your meter, using trenchless technology. When a sewer line is not marked properly, it is possible for the gas to be installed through a sewer pipe.
While natural gas cross bores are rare and pose no immediate risk, over time the sewer may clog. Using a mechanical rotary device or rooter, to clear the clog may cause damage to the natural gas pipeline and create a serious hazard.
Before cleaning out a sewer:
*A video inspection camera should be used to identify the sewer obstruction. Do not use a rotary device to clear the sewer until the obstruction is identified.
*Call 811 at least three business days prior to sewer work to have underground utilities identified at no charge.
*If you suspect that a sewer blockage is the result of a natural gas or underground cross bore, call PSE&G at 1-800-880-PSEG (7734).
Be alert for signs of a natural gas leak:
*A hissing noise
*A natural gas or ‘rotten egg’ smell
*Bubbling water in a toilet, sink or other standing water
If you suspect a natural gas leak:
*Leak the area immediately
*Call 911 and PSE&G at 1-800-880-PSEG (7734)
*Do not smoke or operate electrical switches or appliances in the area. Doing so may produce a spark that could ignite the gas and cause an explosion.
Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from a flyer from PSE&G and I give them full credit for this information. If you need any additional information, please check out the PSE&G website.
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I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan.
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Please contact PSE&G for any problems with your sewer or gas lines.
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