Keep Your Family Safe with These Earthquake Plumbing Tips

Here, in Southern California, we know the threat of an earthquake is real, but did you know that a 2017 study conducted by researchers at the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, found that the area from San Diego to Seal Beach through the Los Angeles basin is at a heightened risk for a major earthquake that could equal 7.4 in magnitude?

Even though we’re used to dealing with varying degrees of seismic activity, this is a sobering revelation. It’s also a warning for homeowners and businesses in Torrance to take action and make sure their plumbing systems are as earthquake-proof as possible.

Prepare Your Pipes Before an Earthquake Happens

This is the time to make sure that your property’s plumbing is in its best condition. Small quakes can damage your home’s plumbing system just as much as major earthquakes. Why is this?

Many times, people don’t realize that there is existing damage because they don’t see it. Regular plumbing inspection services by licensed plumbers in Torrance help you identify things such as cracked or lose piping that could become a problem should a quake happen. Any problems found should be repaired with plumbers’ putty or you might want to consider completely replacing the damaged pipe.

Secure Your Water Heater

Another proactive measure to protect your home’s plumbing from earthquake damage is securing your tank water heater. You don’t want the heater bouncing around during a quake because it can lead to water damage or, in the case that you have a gas-powered heater, become a fire hazard.

Water heater straps wrap around the appliance and securely attach it to the wall. When attaching these straps, make sure that you secure the top and bottom of the water heater with straps for extra support. If your water heater is located in the middle of your basement or in another area where there is no way to secure the straps to the wall, call a plumber to discuss relocating the water heater.

Practice Turning Off the Water and Gas

During a major earthquake, water pipes and gas lines can easily rupture. Busted water lines have the potential t flood a home in record time and make it dangerous for people to move about because of electrocution hazards. Gas lines are just as susceptible to rupturing.

To protect you and your family, it’s a good idea to know where and how to turn off water and gas supplies. As part of earthquake preparedness, we recommend that homeowners locate the shut-off valves for these components now. We also recommend practicing turning these valves on and off so that you know exactly what to do after a natural disaster. After an earthquake happens is not the best time to acquaint yourself with these valves because fear and uncertainty can cloud your judgment.

Preparation Keeps Your Family Safe

The team at Torrance Plumbing and Rooter cares wants your home to be protected 24/7. We also know that earthquakes are unpredictable and cause massive damage. Let us help you prepare for any situation. For earthquake plumbing tips and preparation services, call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed and insured plumbers in Torrance.



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