Remember to clear snow away from meters, furnace pipes

Remember to clear snow away from meters, furnace pipes

Keep Snow/Ice Away From Meters & Furnace Pipes

As we enter the winter season and the snow begins to fall, Rock Energy Cooperative reminds you to carefully remove snow from meters and furnace pipes.

Why is it important to keep your meter clear of snow and ice buildup?

  • Accumulated snow and ice can interfere with operation of natural gas and electric meters. Gently remove snow and ice from the meters and pipes; however, avoid using a snow blower near meters. Your furnace's intake and exhaust pipes on the outside of your house are just a few inches off the ground and can easily be buried by snowdrifts. When that happens, your furnace will shut down.
  • Excessive snow cover may result in abnormal pressure, affect appliance operation and interrupt your service.
  • If there is an emergency, response crews will need clear access to your meter. Meters are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, but remember to protect them from ice and snow buildup during the harsh winter months.
  • When removing heavy accumulations of snow or ice, do not strike meters with snow blowers, blades or shovels.
  • Do not kick your meter to break or clear ice.
  • Use a broom, a snow brush or your hands to lightly remove snow and ice that is capable of being removed.
  • Remove icicles and snow from overhead eaves and gutters to prevent damage to the meter as they fall. Also, dripping water can splash and freeze on the meter or vent pipes.