NAHA Newsletter July 2021 - Page 10

landscaping , building fences or a major construction project . The member utility companies will send a representative to mark their underground lines at your site . The call is free and so is the service .
Calling before you dig , either by hand or with machinery , could prevent possible accidents , injuries or death . Remember IT ’ S THE LAW ! DIAL 811 .
Can I build or dig on a right-of-way ?
Natural gas pipeline rights-of-way must be kept free from structures and other obstructions to provide access to the gas line for maintenance , as well as in the event of an emergency . Do not dig or build near the gas line without first contacting NAHA .
What to do if you dig & disturb or damage a natural gas line :
Even if you cause what appears to be only minor damage to the gas line , notify New Albany Housing Authority at 945-2795 immediately . A gouge , scrape , dent , or crease to the pipe or coating may cause a future rupture or leak . It is important that NAHA inspects and repairs any damage to the line . Regardless of how minor the damage appears , don ’ t cover it up ! Do not attempt to make repairs to the line yourself
units can wear out from too much moving , bending or from corrosion . If you can , check your flexible connector without moving the appliance attached to it . If you cannot make this check without moving the appliance , we recommend that you have service contractor inspect the connector for you . Moving the appliance could strain the connector , possibly causing a gas leak . So , if your appliance must be moved , it ’ s best to have a professional on hand to do it .
If a replacement is needed , make sure the new connector is certified by the American Gas Association ( AGA ) and conforms to the American National Standards Institute ( ANSI ) standard Z21.24 .
Remember , if you think you have a gas leak in your home from a flexible connector or from any other source – call us immediately at 945-2795 .
If the odor of gas is strong , leave immediately and make the call from a neighbor ’ s phone . Take care not to operate appliance or turn light switches on or off .
SAFETY WARNING Flexible gas connectors are used to bring gas from supply pipes to appliances such as stoves , dryers , and room heaters . They are made of corrugated metal tubing – newer models being fabricated from stainless steel or from brass that has been coated with plastic . Most older connectors , however , were made from uncoated brass .
Some of the uncoated brass connectors have a serious flaw in the way they were made . Solder was used to braze , or join , the flexible brass tubing to the new pieces . Over time , the brazing can fail causing a serious gas leak . This could lead to and explosion or fire .
It is very difficult to see whether a flexible connector has been brazed so don don ’ t take a chance . If you have an uncoated brass connector in your home , it should be replaced with either a new stainless-steel or a new plastic-coated brass connector .
In fact , it ’ s a good practice to replace any flexible gas connector which is more than 10 years old . This is because flexible connectors are not meant to last a lifetime . Older
New Albany Housing Authority ’ s Natural Gas Safety Program
The Housing Authority owns and operates the natural gas utility on its properties in full compliance with state and federal pipeline safety rules and regulations . Actions that the Housing Authority performs to ensure natural gas pipeline safety include but may not be limited to :
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Annual underground leakage surveys
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Annual cathodic protection surveys
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Pipeline patrolling
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Odor Sniff Testing
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Valve maintenance
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Operator training
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The creation and upkeep of an Operations ,
Maintenance and Emergency Manual
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Line locates when others are excavating on site
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Maps of all facilities are kept up to date .