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UGI: Older homes should get excess flow valves

VIDEO: UGI Gas excess flow valves

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A new program from UGI aims to convince owners of older homes to install an inexpensive safety valve to prevent fires or explosions.

It’s called the excess flow valve.

“It’s a safety device that is installed in the service line of a home or a business," says UGI spokesman Joseph Swope.

Advocates have fought for years to require excess flow valves.

"In case of any damage done to the service line, the excess flow valve will shut off the flow of gas to the building," said Swope.

UGI says it was one of the first gas companies in the country to install excess flow valves some 40 years ago.

All new homes are required to have the valve, however, some older homes may not.

UGI does warn there's a significant amount of work required to install the valve.

"You need to get excavating permits, in most cases you need to get a backhoe; you need to do excavation of potentially a street and sidewalk. So, it's not an inexpensive process to have one installed."

Installing the valve can cost you anywhere from $800 to $3,000 depending on how much excavating is needed to do the job.

However, as they say, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Contact UGI to check if your home has the excess flow valve.

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