Natural Gas Line - Tree Roots

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Old 05-15-14, 04:24 AM
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Natural Gas Line - Tree Roots

I recently had a large tree removed from the side of my house. I did not have the stump removed. The tree (and remaining stump/roots) are in very close proximity to the incoming gas line and the gas meter. I had a locator out and where the gas line does not run directly under the stump, it is surely running underneath some of the roots.... in fact some large surface roots that you can see on the ground from erosion are directly on top of the locators spray paint.

How concerned should I be about this?
If a gas line is properly buried by the utility, are tree roots an issue?

Obviously removing the stump is not possible because of this close proximity.
 
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Old 05-15-14, 05:28 AM
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I would not worry about it. Most likely in your location, that gas line would be at least 3 1/2 ft down...
 
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Old 05-15-14, 05:47 AM
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I was thinking a plastic gas line would be about 12"-24"

Figured tree roots are many feet in all directions.

I called the utility and they said if I don't smell gas its no hazard. But they could send someone out to take a look next week. Or assess relocating the line $$.

I don't want to open up a can of worms.
 
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Old 05-15-14, 05:49 AM
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When was the home built? The new code is 12". Was 18". Not sure what it was years ago, and if older home poly surely was not used...
 
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The house is 60 years old but the meter is new"ish" and the exposed riser piece at the meter is poly so I assume its a newer installation. But that plastic maybe is just a sleeve? And meters do get swapped out rather easily.
 
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My biggest concern would have been the tree being uprooted in heavy wind, and the line being damaged at that time, but, with the tree down, and assuming that you are going to let the stump go away on its' own, I would not worry about it either. On the other hand, if you are contemplating removing the stump, whether by grinding or digging and pulling, yes, I would consider the concern real.
 
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Hi Pedro, hat was my line of thinking too. Uproot or if lightning were to hit the tree and the tree was touching a gas line.

I have no intentions of removing the stump, I was just going to let it die (if indeed roots and stumps don't actually continue to grow once tree is felled).

My concern then took over where I thought the roots would be exerting pressure on a (possibly) plastic line like pinching or cracking it.
 
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and the exposed riser piece at the meter is poly
Cant be exposed as far as I know....not to code...
 
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maybe what I am calling a riser isn't a riser. Its the exposted pipe right at the shutoff valve.... the tracer wire is connected to it. There is probably 6" of this exposed between valve and ground.
 
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Old 05-15-14, 07:22 AM
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You would need to take a pic and post...
 
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