FAQs: Earthquake Gas Shutoff Valves
Frequently Asked Questions About Earthquake Gas
Do I Need an Earthquake Gas Shutoff Valve?
Yes, you need to have an earthquake gas shutoff valve installed in your home. In California, some municipalities legally require the installation of an emergency earthquake gas shutoff valve. However, it would be recommended to have a gas shutoff valve installed even if it weren’t a legal requirement.
Why Is an Earthquake Gas Shutoff Valve Necessary?
The tremors from an earthquake can cause damage to your property’s gas line, resulting in a higher risk of a gas leak. Gas leaks not only put you and your family at risk but they also put your local neighborhood at risk.
What Kind of Damage Can a Gas Leak Cause?
Gas leaks are dangerous because they can cause negative health effects and life-threatening symptoms. In addition to health problems, gas leaks can be explosive, putting residents and neighborhoods at risk of explosions and fires. In California, fires are especially dangerous, and a gas leak can be disastrous not only locally but statewide.
How Does an Emergency Earthquake Gas Shutoff Valve Work?
An emergency earthquake gas shutoff valve works by automatically stopping the flow through the gas line. The valve will go into action when the ground shakes at a designated shut-off point, approximately 5.2 to 5.4 on the Richter Scale. Earthquakes are common in California, and small earthquakes don’t typically cause damage. However, more powerful earthquakes can cause damage to your gas line and plumbing, which is why your emergency earthquake gas shutoff valve is programmed to work at this magnitude.
Can an Emergency Earthquake Gas Shutoff Valve Save Money?
Yes, an emergency earthquake gas shutoff valve can help save you money on your insurance. Depending on your insurance company, you can save up to 5% on your Earthquake Insurance by having a gas shutoff valve installed.