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Locating Your Gas Meter Outside

Your gas meter, a vital component in the gas distribution system, is usually located outdoors by the property boundary or close to the street, often encased in a metal box on the building’s exterior wall.

When trying to locate your natural gas meter, check along the front or the side your home that runs adjacent to the street.

Should the gas meter prove elusive, thoroughly examine your property line or contact your gas provider for assistance. They’ll be able to provide the exact location of your individual metre. For emergency situations involving your hot water system and gas leaks, learn more about our services on our website, including the 24-hour hotline number to rapidly disconnect supply.

Identifying Your Gas Meter Type

Residential properties feature several gas meter types, each with indicators for when the gas supply is off:

Dial Metres

Dial meters feature an analog interface that publicly shows your gas consumption with a rotating dial. They tabulate the cubic metres of gas, allowing you to close gas accounts or queries accurately. Dial gas metres are gradually being supplanted by digital models over time.

Digital Metres

Digital gas metres have an electronic digital display showing gas usage information. Readings are taken automatically and transmitted to your gas provider for billing. Digital models offer more than accuracy when compared to dial metres.

Smart Metres

Smart meters, akin to a central water pipe, are typically located in accessible spots and represent the cutting-edge of gas meter technology. They contain communication devices to send real-time gas usage data to your utility company. In adherence with department energy standards, smart metres can be observed and manipulated at a distance, guaranteeing a halt in gas flow amidst crises.

Understanding your gas meter type is crucial to navigate the shut-off process. While quarter-turn valves are common, procedures can vary with different meter types.

If you need further help identifying your specific gas meter or advice on its shut-off method, reach out to Blacktown Plumbing at 1300 349 338.

Accessing Your Gas Meter

Gas metres are often enclosed in a protective box or panel mounted on an exterior wall. This helps shield them from weather damage while complying with safety regulations. It’s a good idea to ensure you have ready access to your gas metre, particularly in the face of emergencies.

Ensure you have the key or code for a locked meter box. This information is essential for managing gas safety and should be obtained from the gas utility company if not already provided.

Upon opening the enclosure, you’ll see the gas meter inside, complete with exposed pipes and the crucial shutoff valve, and understand how to turn the system off. Be sure to turn the main valve off without touching any other metre components or pipes.

Remove obstructions like debris or plants to guarantee unobstructed access for gas leak emergencies. Maintain at least a 1-metre clear zone around your meter box.

For persistent difficulties in accessing your gas meter shutoff valve during a gas incident, the experts at Blacktown Plumbing can assist. Get in touch on 1300 349 338 to discuss various work gas meter relocation options as a lasting solution.

Safety Precautions Before Turning Off Gas

Once the gas valve is turned, confirm appliance shut-off, then open windows and doors for ventilation. This clears any leftover gas. Avoid using electrical devices or creating sparks, as gas is flammable.

Verify that no one is using gas appliances or shutting off water elsewhere on your property before cutting the main gas supply. Ensure no cars are running in the garage and gas barbecues are extinguished.

Use a battery-operated, flameless torch for safety when isolating your gas supply. Absolutely avoid smoking or using open flames near gas meters or pipes.

Stand upwind of the gas meter when shutting off to avoid inhaling any escaped gas. Get help if necessary, and keep emergency services contact details close in case of uncontrolled leaks.

How to Turn Off the Gas Supply

To safely turn off your gas supply, find the shut-off valve on the gas meter, usually a quarter-turn tap, and rotate it to the perpendicular position to the pipe. Ensure you can easily reach the valve and know its type.

Rotate the valve tap clockwise, affirming all indoor gas appliances are powered down. Adjust the valve gently to a 90-degree angle, ensuring it crosses the pipe to seal it. Apply mild force without over-tightening.

If you encounter firm resistance, pause turning and call our emergency plumbers for assistance. Forcing valves shut can risk harm leading to uncontrolled gas leakage - a scenario that necessitates professional assistance to help restore supply safely.

Carefully listen and sniff for traces of gas after turning off the main valve to guarantee it’s safe to leave the supply off. If detected, ventilate the area fully before calling Blacktown Plumbing immediately for leak repairs prior to reopening supply. Safety first when handling household gas systems.

Step-by-Step Process

Follow this step-by-step process to safely turn off gas supply:

  1. Locate your gas metre outside and identify the gas shutoff valves type
  2. Ensure you have easy access when you turn the valve by opening any metre box enclosures
  3. Check all gas appliances, ensuring all appliances your residence contains are switched off
  4. Open doors and windows to ventilate areas
  5. Have a torch, phone and emergency numbers on hand
  6. Stand upwind of the metre and turn the off valve 90 degrees to a perpendicular, off position
  7. If firm resistance is met, stop turning and call our emergency plumbers immediately
  8. When off, check metre gauges to confirm shut down and monitor area for any residual gas smells
  9. Consider securing or capping any exposed pipes before reopening supply

Using these steps, you can securely close your gas supply in an emergency. If you detect a gas odour, see venting or feel unsure, vacate the area and contact Blacktown Plumbing at 1300 349 338 at once.

Our licensed gas technicians are available 24/7 to respond and will restore your gas supply once repairs are completed and the network deemed safe again. Don’t take risks with gas - safety first.

Confirming the Gas Supply is Off

After turning off the gas supply shut-off valve to the perpendicular position, use these methods to verify it is completely off:

  • Check there’s no audible hissing sound indicating gas your presence coming from the pipes or meter.
  • Visually inspect the valve, located at the set position again, ensuring it remains turned fully 90 degrees.
  • If you have a digital gas metre, check the readout panel or display screen - gas usage should show zero flow or be blank if fully shut off.
  • Try turning on a gas appliance pilot light inside your home - it should not ignite if gas supply is successfully cut.
  • Use a gas leak detection spray on pipe joins and listen for any sizzling sounds, as bubbles indicate leaks.

Should no gas flow or leaks be present along the gas line, do not try to re-light pilots or restore supply. Evacuate and contact Blacktown Plumbing at 1300 349 338 for any gas escape issues.

Following confirmation via professional detection gear that the supply is safely off with no leaks, our technicians will provide advice on restoring your gas system post-repair.

Next Steps After Shutting Off Gas

After safely shutting off the gas supply, several precautions should still be taken before considering turning it back on or using gas appliances again.

Avoid attempting to relight appliance pilot lights yourself. Licensed technicians should reinstate gas systems post-leak verification. Once repairs are done, Blacktown Plumbing can safely relight appliance pilots.

Keep the area well ventilated for at least an hour after shutting off gas, even if no leaks are present. This allows any residual gas to fully dissipate. Also avoid using any electrical devices or ignition sources during this period.

Securely capping or plugging any exposed pipes is also advised to minimise corrosion and debris build up while the meter is off. Our technicians carry appropriate fittings to do this if required.

Reconnect your gas supply only after Blacktown Plumbing has approved network safety and repairs are done, being vigilant with each appliance you use afterwards.

Never hesitate to call our team immediately if you ever detect gas leaks, smells or see visible venting. We’re available 24/7 to respond and will ensure restrictions remain in place until everything is certified safe again.

Capping or Sealing Gas Pipes

It’s important to properly seal any unused pipes to prevent turn your gas hazardous leaks. Gas lines that are left uncapped can allow gas to escape, creating a dangerous situation.

Metal or plastic caps specially designed for capping pipes should be installed on the ends of unused gas lines by a licenced professional. Do not attempt DIY capping, as precautions are needed to avoid sparks or ignition. Contact a licensed gas fitter for capping.

The gas specialist will check that the supply pipe is free of residual gas before sealing it. Appropriately sized fittings are used to establish an airtight seal. The system can then be pressure tested for leaks using professional equipment.

A gas fitter might permanently disconnect pipes from the main supply if they’re redundant, by cutting pipes and installing isolation valves to preclude future use.

Never leave uncapped gas pipes exposed - contact Blacktown Plumbing on 1300 349 338 to schedule professional capping or disconnection services. Our licenced gas technicians ensure compliance and safety.

When Professional Help is Needed

Getting professional help from a licenced plumber or gas fitter is advised when work on your gas lines or gas cylinder is required in the following situations:

  • You smell gas or suspect a gas leak
  • There are visible signs of gas escaping, such as bubbling water or hissing pipes
  • You are unable to locate or access your gas metre shutoff valve
  • The shutoff valve is stuck or damaged and you need turn off the gas
  • You have turned off gas but can still smell it or gauges indicate flow
  • After shutting off gas, you need turn on the appliance pilot lights yourself
  • You do not feel fully confident in your ability to safely shut off gas

For emergency gas leak support or help relighting pilot lights after shut-off, call Blacktown Plumbing at 1300 349 338, available 24/7. Our registered gas experts will promptly address and resolve the issue.

For advice on managing your gas supply, contact our experts. We’re here to offer assistance by phone or dispatch a qualified gas fitter to support you.

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