Wisconsin Public Service
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Home / Safety / Outdoor Safety
Always call WPS at 800-450-7280 before you or anyone else attempts to clear a blocked sewer line.
We will send a service technician to determine whether any potential conflict exists between our natural gas lines and your sewer line.
"Trenchless" technology or "directional boring" is often used to install natural gas lines underground.
This is the preferred method of installing new gas lines nationwide because it minimizes disruption to landscaping, sidewalks and streets. Precautions are taken to avoid sewer lines, but in some instances a natural gas line can intersect with a sewer line. This situation is called a "cross-bore."
In instances where a cross-bore exists, sewer rodding equipment such as augers and root cutters can penetrate the gas line and lead to the dangerous release of natural gas.
If your sewer line is backed up, always call WPS at 800-450-7280 before anyone attempts to clear it.
We will send a technician to locate the underground gas lines serving your building to ensure there is no conflict with your sewer line. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.
WPS is launching a comprehensive inspection and communications program to locate and eliminate sewer line cross bores. View our frequently asked questions for more information.