National Grid attended a routine appointment today to change our old gas meter. When the engineer checked it he smelt gas and realised that there is a leak underground, so he had to switch it off at the main supply. Although the house is now safe to live in, this means no running hot water and no gas to cook on. I'm now sat at home waiting for the engineer to come back with his clipboard and tell me how long this is going to take to fix (he already reckoned 2-3 days minimum, as it involves digging up all the concrete under my kitchen floor and shed room.) This leaves me with the very real problem of having to feed my family for the weekend. It's all well and good going out and paying for meals in restaurants for the whole weekend, but who foots the bill? My chief clerk reckons that because the house is safe to live in, there's nothing I can claim on JPA. Meanwhile, MHS are umm-ing and aah-ing over what to do, probably hoping that this weekend will just fly by without me complaining too much (fat chance). I'm not worried too much just yet, if things start looking a bit hopeless I can kick up quite a stink to those that need to hear it. I just want to know if anyone on here has a similar experience they can recall, and how they resolved it (if at all). Also, if there's a leak underground this will explain the unusually high gas bills I receive. Can I claim back for the extra I've been charged for the last year or so? If so, how?