When you are living in California, experiencing earthquakes could be very common. Earthquakes are one of the most dangerous natural disasters, and can cause a lot of damage to your home, especially a high magnitude one. When an earthquake occurs, your home may be damaged; they can break a gas line or shut-off your gas valve, causing it to fail to operate. It can also create a potentially lethal explosion that can destroy your home and cause burns, injuries, or even death.
Seismic natural gas shut-off valve – It shut-offs your natural gas service automatically when a high magnitude earthquake happens in your home.
High-intensity earthquakes can immediately break gas pipes, leading to a hazardous gas leak. The primary purpose of having an earthquake shut-off valve is safety! Installing it in your home’s gas system can assure you that when the big one occurs, your home is prepared from both seismic activity and earthquakes.
An earthquake shut-off valve is installed on your gas meter, where the meter connects to your gas pipes. The gas passes into the inlet, through the lower chamber and out through the outlet. Pressure in the outlet is sensed under the diaphragm via the impulse line. If the pressure increases, the diaphragm will lift, pushing the spring upwards. Once the spring and diaphragm reach a set point, the latch mechanism for the valve is released. The unlatched valve then closes in the direction of the gas flow, shutting off the supply. Once the valve has closed, it needs to be manually reset by either the network manager or meter asset manager.
If your valve closes due to an earthquake or other significant events, you can always follow the instructions on your manufacturer’s manual in resetting your gas valve for the natural gas to flow again. But, it is important that you contact a qualified professional to reset the valve, and to conduct a safety check of your natural gas appliances before they are placed back in operation as this is to verify that no natural gas leaks exist.
When you plan to buy an earthquake shut-off valve, keep the following things in mind:
You can have an earthquake shut-off valve installed in your home right away! All you have to do is call Caccia Plumbing at any time. We have our certified technicians that can install earthquake shut-off valves in your home that works correctly and do its job accurately.
The most efficient way to manage the risk from natural gas is to know how and when to shut it off manually. By using a wrench, you can easily turn off the manual valve, which is located at the gas meter. It is important to remember that you should shut off the gas if:
CAUTION: If you turn off your natural gas at the meter, leave it off. Do not turn it back on yourself. Contact a professional technician to turn the meter back on and relight the pilots.
It is much better if you install a shut-off valve at every natural gas appliance in your home. If a leak appears at the particular appliance, the valve will turn off the natural gas at the specific appliance rather than shutting off all of your natural gas services.
In California, earthquakes are unavoidable. Caccia Plumbing can help keep you and your family safe from dangerous gas leaks caused by earthquakes with earthquake shut-off valves installed in your home. Our licensed and professional technicians will work swiftly and efficiently to install your valve and guarantee you that it is working accurately. We offer earthquake valve installation on both residential and commercial properties to keep you, your family, and others safe.
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