Phone: (519) 773-5321
In Person: EPCOR
39 Beech St East
Aylmer, ON N5H 3J6
Many properties in the EPCOR area have natural gas main lines already running in front of the property, but not all. Before you fill out an application for a new gas service, it is a good idea to call us to confirm if natural gas is available and the closest gas line is to your property.
The Gas Service Application and Request for Action forms are available below, in person at our office or you can have a copy emailed to you if you contact our office. These forms must be filled out in full before we can start the process.
1. Gas service application
Once you have completed the application and have been credit approved, we will contact you to set up a site visit to your property. During the site visit we will:
- Confirm that natural gas is available to your property.
- Determine the length of the new service and where the meter will be located.
- Provide a quote for the cost of the new service, this is based on the size of the gas line, the length of the service and any special circumstances such as the terrain on the property.
- Take pictures of where the gas line will run into your property.
- Fill out a work order for the cost of the new service for your approval and signature.
2. Meter size and location request form
The form should be filled out and handed in with your service application whenever possible. We highly recommend that you have your heating contractor fill out the form on your behalf or assist you with completing it. This form provides us with information on what you will be using natural gas for on your property, and allows us to install the properly sized gas line and meter for the amount of natural gas that you will need.
3. Site locates
We will contact all participating utilities to have their underground locations marked before we install your underground gas line. Around 1 to 3 weeks before we come to install the gas line, the utilities will come onto your property to locate their underground services. Always ensure that the marks, flags and stakes are not moved or tampered with before we install the gas line.
4. Gas service installation
Ensure that there is a clear path to the meter location on the building. Please remove perennials, shrubs or other plantings you wish to preserve prior to the construction if they are close to the meter location.
In some cases a trench is dug, approximately 1' wide from the gas main at the street to the meter location at the house. In favourable site conditions, three or more holes, about 6' x 1' are excavated at the gas main, an intermediate location, the meter location, and any obstructions and then the gas line is installed using air pressure to bore through the ground between holes.
The gas line is installed and a pressure test is done to ensure that the gas line is intact. Once the gas line installers leave, there is live gas in the line going to the house but it will have been capped waiting for the meter to be installed.
5. Gas meter request
Existing homes: Your heating contractor is responsible for installing inside piping, equipment and a gas line out to the meter bar and should call EPCOR at least 5 business days in advance to arrange for gas meter installation.
New construction: Builders should call EPCOR to arrange for a gas meter installation once gas equipment is installed and ready for use.
6. Gas meter installation and appliance inspection
We will to come to your home to install the meter and inspect the natural gas equipment. The site must be ready for the meter to be installed. Gas appliances must be accessible and operational with hydro service, thermostat and pressure test tags. If the site is not ready for the meter installation and appliance inspection or if inaccurate information necessitates a repeat visit, the homeowner/builder may be required to pay an additional service fee.
Gas meter location restrictions
- The gas service may be a plastic pipe or a steel pipe.
- The meter set consists of a riser from the gas line, meter and regulator.
- The gas meter and associated pressure regulator must not be closer than 3' to any building openings, doors, windows that open, dryer vents, fresh air intakes, heat pumps, and air conditioners; also not closer than 10' from mechanical air intakes.
- The meter is the main emergency shutoff and must be easily accessible and visible; not behind a building, locked gate, bushes, or other obstruction.
- Gas meters installed in driveways require impact barrier(s) installed by the homeowner. Your homeowners insurance may request impact barrier(s) in other circumstances.
- To avoid damage from excavation in new construction areas, the riser must be within 10' of the side of the building closest to the gas main (usually front), and preferably closer to the gas main than the Hydro meter (if both meters are on the same side of the building).
Work order charges for the gas service installation will be added to your first billing after the meter has been installed.
- Your first bill will include a connection charge of $30.00 plus HST.
The fixed monthly account charge applicable for your rate class will also start with your first bill.