Is Your Plumbing Prepared for an Earthquake?

Is Your Plumbing Prepared for an Earthquake?

You might have heard that a big earthquake can hit California at any time. You might have a lot to worry about if an earthquake affects your home. So, as professional plumbing contractors in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, we want to make sure that plumbing systems are prepared for a potential shakeup. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you want to make sure that your plumbing system is prepared for an earthquake.

Do You Have an Automatic Gas Shutoff Valve?

If you have got an automatic gas shutoff valve, the seismic activity from an earthquake causes the gas valve to shut off automatically, so that you don’t have to worry about a potential gas leak. There are also water shutoff valves available for your plumbing. Talk to a plumber to find out if these fixtures are right for you.

Do You Know How to Shut Off the Gas and Water?

In case you don’t have automatic shutoff valves, it’s important to know the location of your gas and water shutoff valves. If an earthquake causes a pipe to burst, you need to be able to lessen the damage by turning off the water ASAP. And if you notice a gas leak (due to the smell of rotten eggs or a hissing sound from the gas line) shutting off the gas quickly and vacating the home could protect your home and family members. Find out where these valves are (typically at their respective meters) to be more prepared for an earthquake.

Do You Know the Signs of a Slab Leak?

One very important thing to know if you’d like to protect your plumbing system is how to spot a slab leak. Slab leaks can cause major damage to your home, so it’s important to know the signs so that you can start making repairs. Leaks underneath the concrete slab of your home can show up in the following ways.

  • Water pooling up around the home.
  • Cracks in walls and baseboards.
  • Warm spots on the floor.
  • The sound of rushing water from underneath the home.
  • A drop in your water pressure.
  • A drop in hot water pressure.

Call Allstar Home Services for more help with your plumbing system in Rancho Cucamonga. We’re happy to help you prepare your plumbing for an earthquake.

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