Earthquake Gasline Valve an Important Step in Preparedness
Think earthquakes only rattle us once every few months?
Take a look at Earthquake Track website and you’ll see all the 3.1 and 1.5 magnitude quakes that happened today. That’s right: today. And you’ll probably see about 10 today and 10 yesterday and all days previous. Where some of them started as deep as 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) into the earth, others are as shallow as 1 km (.62 miles).
While we get to chuckle at those in the Midwest and east coast when they get hit with a “polar vortex” or “black ice,” we certainly have our own environmental challenges. When our clients report a gas line leak and swear up and down that no digging or construction has been going on anywhere, we let them know they were probably victims of a minor earthquake. Plain bad luck created an expense and a real danger. The good news is that you can prevent any danger from a gas line leak when you install an inexpensive earthquake valve. Luckily, the earthquake safe plumbing San Diego families need doesn’t cost a fortune.
Really, everyone in southern California should have an earthquake valve, also known as a natural gas seismic shut off valve. This device shuts off your gas service when an earthquake of sufficient magnitude strikes. Many insurance companies require it
Your earthquake valve should be installed close to the gas meter but not on SDGE equipment. Your houseline begins at the straight long pipe leading from the meter after the last elbow. The photo here illustrates it:
If the earthquake valve is tripped, gas hot water heaters, stoves and barbecues will not function. The first sign your gas has been shut off is typically cold shower water. You can turn the valve back on yourself by following the manufacturer’s instructions, but it is smart to get a qualified plumber to perform a gas line inspection. Home and business owners should never try to repair gas lines themselves. These fixes require not only specialized training but a plumbing permit as well.
Perry Plumbing: San Diego Gas Line Experts Keep You Safe
Earthquake valves are not the only gas related services we provide. In our 35 years here in San Diego, we have installed the gas lines for stoves, cooktops, pool and spa heaters, clothes dryers and water heaters. We have also handled large jobs for restaurants and other businesses. A quick call to 619-472-2112 will get the right technician to your door fast. Do not forget to check out our San Diego plumbing specials first! We will note your coupons when you make the appointment and the technician is happy to honor them.