Earthquake Safe Plumbing San Diego Homes Need
When we find a gas line leak at a clients’ home, they are often baffled. They have not been digging and no construction has been going on nearby. What could have caused a gas line leak?
We let them know they were probably victims of a minor earthquake, one of 10 that hit San Diego every day. The big ones we feel; the minor ones fool with the gas lines and other plumbing equipment. Luckily, the earthquake safe plumbing San Diego homes need does not have to be expensive. Go through these and then ask an experienced San Diego plumber to make the changes to give you peace of mind.
1) Flexible Connectors for Gas Pipes
Natural gas leaks are the primary concern for most people during an earthquake (the recent home explosions in Fresno and West Virginia got our phones ringing with a surge of requested gas line inspections). Have a plumbing company make sure that your pipes are “quake proof” so that they do not pose as a fire hazard.
2) Earthquake Valve on the Gas Line
A few months ago, we wrote Earthquake Valve Important Step in Preparedness. Getting a plumber to install a gas line valve close to your gas meter ensures that your gas will be automatically shut of in the event of a strong jolt.
3) Leaking Water Lines
Double check the water supply lines in your garage and yard to make sure there are no leaks or cracks. When an earthquake hits, increased water pressure can expand these gaps so that water comes gushing out (think about the gushing pipes shown in the movie Titanic.) A firehose-strength blast of cold water can make ducking and covering impossible.
3) Leaking Sewer Lines
Cracked sewer lines during an earthquake may allow for tree roots to invade and feast on the nutritious sewage, eventually growing and clogging the pipes entirely.
If cracks in your sewer lines are detected early, there are many less costly options than replacement that you can take advantage of, including trenchless pipe relining.
4) Water Heater Security
The water heater toppling over can break water and gas lines and spill up to 80 gallons of water in your garage. Brace your water heater in order to protect it and your belongings from sustaining damage.
5) Know where components and shutoff are located
Understanding how to maneuver through your home plumbing system is a very important step in earthquake in-home plumbing safety. Be sure you label your pipes and valves so you know where the water and electrical shut-off valves are located. If you are not sure, get a plumber to go through the home with you and show you how to handle valves in case of an emergency.
Perry Plumbing: San Diego Experts that Protect Your Home
With 35 years experience in San Diego, Perry Plumbing guarantees personal service, 24/7 availability and up front pricing. We can inspect your plumbing system for earthquake readiness and general functionality. Call us at 619-472-2112 to discuss your affordable inspection services or to schedule an appointment. Our plumbing coupons help you save on nearly every service we offer.