If you are need a gas installation and realise there is a gas pipe feeding your property, you may wonder how to get a gas meter fitted.
There are millions of gas service pipes in the UK that connect properties to gas mains, which run through England, Scotland, Wales, and also the Isle of Wight.
To access gas, a meter is required to monitor how much energy is used and to regulate the pressure. From time to time, some gas pipes no longer have a meter attached, either due to theft, vandalism, unpaid bills by previous occupants, or simply because gas is no longer required.
In order to reconnect a gas meter, it’s normally necessary or advisable to check if the gas pipe is live, and other more detailed information. There are two checks which can be carried out:
A GT1 is carried out by the gas network owner i.e. the company that own the gas mains and this varies by region.
They usually require an engineer to visit the site, although sometimes they can be done remotely. They usually take around a week, but vary from a couple of working days to two weeks, sometimes longer if engineers are busy or if there are adverse weather conditions.
As part of a GT1 check, the following information is usually provided on a written report:
You can request a free GT1 from 1Gas to help determine if there is a live and adequate gas service pipe or supply at your property. It allows us to ensure that the correct type and size of meter would be fitted if you accepted our quote.
There are a few different types of gas meters, such as diaphragm, rotary and turbine, which would be used depending on the amount of available gas.
In addition to this, the type of pressure in the gas mains and service pipe will determine the type of meter fitted e.g. a low pressure meter would need to be fitted to a low pressure gas supply.