DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Vectren is taking charge to prevent houses from blowing up.
Workers conduct routine inspections to make sure there are no leaks or weathering of your gas line.
Regional explosions around Ohio are again highlighting issues with some pipelines.
Within the past month, Ohio has seen three major house explosions.
One locally in Dayton, one near Cleveland and the most recent in Columbus.
Investigators determined natural gas was the cause of the explosion in April on the 500 block of Brooklyn Avenue in Dayton.
One home was destroyed and at least 50 other buildings were damaged.
Last week, neighbors reported smelling gas prior to an explosion in the Cleveland area.
No one was hurt, but the blast rocked nearby homes.
Most recently, a gas leak was also the reason for an explosion in Columbus Sunday.
The building was leveled by the blast and multiple homes were damaged by flames and flying debris.
2 NEWS decided to dig deeper into what officials are doing to prevent these explosions .
We learned that depending on the type of pipes or meter that services your home, you could soon be getting newer technology to prevent any serious damage or disasters on your property.
Vectren has been replacing bare steel and cast iron pipes, which have been used since the 1940s.
Those aged pipelines have now sustained significant wear and tear, which means a higher likelihood of leaks and explosions.
Due to that reality, nationwide and locally, officials are upgrading service lines with more modern and effective technology.
Inspections help further the process to install plastic pipelines, which are safer, more sustainable, and energy-efficient.
“And we’ve got a prioritized ranking of the neighborhoods that we’re going to come in and replace those pipes. We’re eventually going to do 700 miles here in Ohio, but we’re working our way through a priority list. So the areas where we perhaps have more leak calls or we’ve seen issues in the past, then those are going to go to the top of the priority list as we work down,” said Colleen Ryan, President of Vectren’s Ohio branch.
Meanwhile, the utility company is also making a shift towards outdoor meters.
Indoor meters are inspected every 3 years, but have limited access for workers.
With the change, homeowners won’t have to be present.
Vectren hopes the change will mean fewer customers will put off critical work that could alert officials to any serious issues.
Despite that change, officials are still advising homeowners to maintain equipment inside your home, such as a furnace, and to always report the smell of gas.
City officials are also working with Vectren to ensure the new pipelines are secure.
Vectren currently has 48 projects in the works throughout Ohio to make replacements with modern, plastic pipelines.