Emergency Earthquake Shut-Off Valves

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Emergency Earthquake Shut-Off Valves

Ask yourself this, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake just hit, what is the first thing you think about? Is it your gas line and the possible damage it can do to your home or property? Probably not. During an earthquake as the earth shifts and moves, gas lines, which are typically very rigid, can pull-apart at the joints or crack and break causing dangerous gas leaks that may ignite or explode. Gas leaks and electrical lines are a leading cause of fires post-quake. Quickly destroying homes, business and properties.

Thankfully, in our modern world, emergency gas shut-off valves exist to help protect homes and business post-shake. Not only can these valves help protect your property, but they are a great way to protect loved ones and precious items that could be lost in a fire or explosion caused by a ruptured line. Since earthquakes come without warning and there is no way to predict these events, emergency shut-off valves are a no-brainer.

California is bisected by the San Andres Fault Line, over 800 miles of potential earthquake movement. According to the California Department of Conservation, California generally experiences 2-3 earthquakes that register at or above magnitude 5.5 each year. And, according to the United States Geological Survey, an average of 15-20 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or higher strike Southern California alone each year. With this much movement its a no brainer to have an emergency shut-off valve installed at your home today.

During an Earthquake the farthest thing from your mind is usually, ‘I need to shut off the gas line’. Most people run for cover or gather loved ones in a safe location. Knowing where your gas meter is located and how to turn it off is a good first step in earthquake safety but its often not the first thing we think about.  When an earthquake of 5.4 or greater strikes, emergency gas shut-off valves activate and stop the flow of natural gas to your home or business. This automatic response frees you up for grabbing valuables or getting to safety.

Without this device, homes are at a greater risk for fire and damage by fire or explosion post-shake. Every home and property should have an emergency shut-off valve. It’s money well spent that can potentially save lives. Sometimes installing these devices can reduce your insurance rates by up to 5 percent depending on your provider. Starting at $345, Western Supreme Rooter will come and install this life-saving device on your property today.

John, Larry, Mike, owners of Western Rooter & Plumbing

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