Sewer backups and natural gas leaks
A network of power, natural gas, phone and cable lines, as well as water and sewer pipes may lie just under the surface of your property. In rare instances, a gas line is mistakenly installed within a sewer line, which is known as a cross bore.
If a cross bore is struck while a sewer backup is being cleared, it could cause natural gas to leak into your property or the sewer system, potentially leading to personal injury or an explosion.
Cross bores pose no safety threat unless they are struck by motorized or high pressure equipment, typically used by drain cleaning professionals to unclog a plugged sewer.
If you experience a sewer backup, call a drain cleaning professional to determine the source of the blockage.
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