Excess Flow Valve

Safety valve in case of excess flow.

IGU is required by federal regulation to install an Excess Flow Valve (EFV) or a manual service line shut-off valve on all new or replaced natural gas service lines.

An EFV is a safety device inside the service line that shuts off the flow of natural gas in the case of excess flow in the line. Such excess flow could be caused by a number of factors, including damage to the line due to excavation or a natural disaster. Excess flow can also be caused by the addition of gas appliances in your building.

A manual service line shut-off valve means a curb valve or other manually operated valve located near the connection point of the service line and gas main that is safely accessible to operator personnel or other personnel authorized by the operator to manually shut off gas flow to the service line, if needed.

EFVs come in a variety of load capacities, and are designed for a specific range of gas flow, with some tolerance for additional load. The gas flow is determined by the number and efficiency of gas appliances inside the home, as provided by the customer at the time of installation. Installing additional appliances without notifying IGU could exceed the allotted load capacity for a previously installed EFV, shutting off the gas flow.

Installation of an EFV will not protect against customer appliance gas leaks, small service line punctures or gas meter leaks. An EFV may not protect against damages caused by natural disasters.

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