Are you prepared for the Big One? For many in Southern California, the magnitude 6.4 and 7.1 temblors served as a wake-up call. If you don’t already have an emergency plan in place, now is the time to make one. And while you’re at it, consider having an earthquake emergency gas shut-off valve installed.
What’s an Earthquake Emergency Gas Shut-Off Valve?
An earthquake shut-off valve attaches to your home’s gas meter. A magnitude 5.1 earthquake or higher will trigger the device to cut off the supply of natural gas to your home.
Why You Need One
Since 2000, all newly constructed buildings in California are required to have an earthquake shut-off valve. However, if your home was built before 2000, there’s a good chance that it does not have one. If that’s the case, we highly recommend having one installed.
An earthquake shut-off valve protects your home from the threat of fire or explosion, which is a very real possibility during an earthquake. While gas pipes can withstand some sudden movement in the ground, they’re only so strong. Broken gas pipes leak highly flammable gas, which can become trapped in a structure and easily ignited.
An earthquake shut-off valve prevents this by restricting the flow of gas to your home. The valve won’t allow gas to flow again until the lines are fixed.
What About a Manual Shut-Off Valve?
You already have a manual shut-off valve, but do you know where it is? Are you going to remember to turn off the gas when the next earthquake strikes? What if you’re away from home? That’s why an emergency gas shut-off valve is a good idea. It restricts the flow of gas automatically, taking human error out of the equation.
Installing the Emergency Shut-off Valve
You’ll need to shut off the gas to your home, so you’ll be without a stove or hot water for an hour or two while we install the valve. Otherwise, there is very little disruption to your schedule.
Bottom line: An emergency shut-off valve is a wise precaution. The device is affordable and the installation is quick. It might even qualify you for a discount on your homeowner’s insurance. (Be sure to ask your provider.) To schedule an appointment, call 949-355-1575.