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Orange County, CA Earthquake Emergency Shut–Off Valve Services
Should an earthquake occur, you need to know that your home will not become immediately unsafe. Broken gas lines in particular can be a major issue, even after a very minor earthquake, so it’s important that you have an earthquake emergency shut–off valve installed that will instantly turn off the gas supply at the source when seismic activity is detected.
Saddleback Plumbing provides expert installation of earthquake emergency shut–off valves for homes in Orange County and recommends that all homeowners have one installed as soon as possible to avoid the risk of a potential gas leak.
How an Earthquake Emergency Shut–Off Valve Works
In the event of an earthquake, an emergency shut–off valve instantly stops the flow of gas from the underground grid to your home. Used together with excess valves to detect gas leaks, an earthquake valve doesn’t require a leak to shut off; it shuts off based on seismic activity, as a preventative measure. Because even a very small earthquake can cause the foundation of your home to shift and damage to be done to pipes in your home, it is important that flammable substances like natural gas be immediately restricted. A shut–off valve ensures that this happens.
Reacting to an Earthquake
If your earthquake emergency shut–off valve turns off the gas to your Orange County home during an earthquake, it is because a tremor large enough to trigger its sensors occurred. This means that your home‘s natural gas service will be interrupted, which can seem like an inconvenience if there is no visible damage.
It is important to keep in mind that, even in small earthquakes, damage can be done to pipes, especially thin pipes such as those that carry natural gas. Should your emergency shut–off valve be triggered, we recommend you call us right away to perform a thorough inspection of your home’s natural gas piping and ensure that there is no damage. We will perform tests throughout your home to check for potential leaks and get your gas service running safely again.
Calling for Installation of Your Earthquake Emergency Shut–off Valve near Orange County
The installation process is relatively simple and can be done in a single day. Call us when you are ready to have it completed and we will visit your home to inspect your gas lines and select the right valve to match your needs. We will acquire any necessary permits for the installation process and install the new valve in about 1–2 hours.
The valve should be inspected once every 1–2 years to ensure it still works properly. Should the emergency valve be triggered it should be thoroughly checked to ensure it worked properly and will work properly again in the event of an aftershock.
If your home is in need of an earthquake emergency shut–off valve, call Saddleback Plumbing today to learn about our installation services.