Protect Your Home or Business During an Earthquake
Earthquake valves are an important part of your plumbing system. Earthquakes are a reality in Southern California and gas valves that are damaged during a quake can be dangerous. Gas line fires are a major concern after a powerful earthquake.
Earthquake valves have an automatic sensor that cuts all gas flow into your home or business when triggered. Similar sensors can control water valves as well. These valves provide a level of safety during an earthquake and can avoid costly damage.
While it’s possible to manually shut off your natural gas, the following specialized valves are available that can automatically shut off your service in case of an emergency:
- Earthquake natural gas shut-off valve (also known as a seismic natural gas shut-off valve) automatically shuts off your natural gas service when an earthquake of a sufficient magnitude occurs at your home.
- An excess-flow valve automatically shuts off your natural gas service when a significant natural gas leak or overpressure surge occurs at a pipe or appliance located beyond the point where the valve is installed. (SoCal Gas.)
Read more about the importance of these important safety devices at SoCal Gas.