Maybe 10 times over the course of the years, I’ve run in to a meter block off device. The little steel blank that the gas company used to secretly shut off the gas.Hey if they didn't tell you they didn't pay the gas bill how are you to know??I always check for gas flow
Usually I get a call about the water heater and it’s become one of the first things I will check.
Depending on how cool the client is, and if I’m gonna get paid, I’ll remove it. Or not. I’ve definitely told people: “you need to pay your gas bill.”
I guess this is all to say that I will frequently just crack a Union at the meter to see what’s happening -if the gas company has the meter blocked.