What is a cross bore?
A cross bore occurs when a new natural gas line is installed using a trenchless method and intersects an existing underground utility.
Take Safety Precautions
More and more utilities install underground lines using trenchless technology. Excavators are required to call 811 and request the marking of utility lines in the area. Often, sewer lines are not marked, leaving the potential for natural gas lines to be bored through the sewer lines. A cross bore can go undetected for months, even years. Eventually, a backup develops, and a plumber is called to remove the blockage. This almost always damages the utility line bored through the sewer line. If a natural gas line is damaged, gas can migrate into homes and buildings and endanger your safety and your property.
Before starting the process of cleaning out a sewer pipeline, remember to first use a camera to identify the condition of the sewer pipeline.
If you have a blockage or scheduled to have your sewer or septic pipe cleaned, make sure you or your contractor contacts us first to determine if an in-line camera inspection is necessary.
Watch the video below to learn more about sewer clogs and natural gas safety:
Plumbers and Contractors
Always assume that an obstruction involves a cross bore. Mechanical purging equipment (rooters) have the ability to damage underground utility lines. Collapsed sewer walls can also cause the rooter equipment to be misdirected outside of the sewer, bringing the equipment dangerously close to other buried utility lines.
Watch this video and learn more about cross bores and best safety practices.
Awareness of work conditions
During the process of cleaning out a sewer pipeline, be alert to any unusual conditions, which may include:
Natural gas odor
If you suspect a natural gas leak or that contact with a natural gas line has occurred:
Stop all work
Leave the premises immediately and instruct others to leave the premises immediately
Contact Okaloosa Gas from a safe location at 850-729-4700 or 1-800-239-3878
Keep others a safe distance away
Do not operate any equipment
Eliminate any source of ignition
Do not operate any pipeline equipment or facility
If You Suspect a Cross Bore
Call Okaloosa Gas immediately. We will inspect the situation at no charge.
Call: 850-729-4700 or 800-239-3878