SoCalGas - Maintaining Your Gas Lines
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Maintaining Your Gas Lines

Diagram showing SoCalGas owned pipeline area compared to customer-owned pipeline area.

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) is responsible for maintaining the gas lines that carry natural gas to your meter. However, if you’re a property owner, property manager, tenant and/or occupant, you are responsible for maintaining all gas lines on your side of the meter. Such customer-owned gas lines include all piping that goes:

  • From your gas meter to the appliances on your property.
  • From a curbside gas meter to the home (when the meter is not right beside the home).
  • From your meter underground to a building, pool/spa heater, barbecue or other gas appliances.

Not maintaining gas pipelines could result in potential hazards due to corrosion and leakage. To properly maintain your gas lines, you should have them periodically inspected to identify unsafe conditions, including corrosion (if the pipe is steel or other metal) and leaks, and repair any unsafe conditions immediately. A licensed, qualified professional, such as a plumbing or heating contractor, can assist you in finding, inspecting and repairing your buried gas lines.

NOTE: If you own a master-metered gas line system, the U.S. Department of Transportation requires you to notify your tenants of this information. You may do so by printing and posting this webpage, continuously in a common area frequented by your tenants.

Find out what to do if you suspect damage to a natural gas pipeline or meter.

Updated 12/2011

Report Any Pipe Damage

Evacuate the area and from a safe location, call SoCalGas at


to report any pipeline damage. No damage is too small to report.