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Earthquake Shut Off Valve: What Is it and Why Do I Need One

An earthquake shut off valve is a small valve that attaches to your gas meter and closes in the event of an earthquake emergency. Once the valve is shut, there is no longer a gas supply running into your home or building. There are two different types of mechanisms. The first is a Seismic shut off valve, which is activated when it detects an earthquake of 5.1 or higher. The second is an excess-flow valve. This unit is triggered to close when it senses a gas leak or overpressure surge in a gas line.

The simple truth is that this tiny device could save your life and the lives of everyone in your home or building. They are so reliable and critical to the safety of residents that the State of California requires an earthquake shut off valve to be installed on every building constructed after 2000. For around $100, you can purchase this lifesaving device for any home that was built before 2000 and know that you are now protected from gas explosions triggered by an earthquake.

Installation Of Earthquake Shut Off Valves

Most residential earthquake shut off valves can fit in the palm of your hand and are installed right at your gas meter. Because gas is very volatile, the installation should only be done by a licensed plumber. In the XXX area, call (214) 388-4525 and schedule a shut-off valve installation with one of the professional plumbers from Metroplex Leak & Line. Our plumbers are all licensed and certified by the public utilities commission to install these lifesaving valves.

What To Do After An Earthquake

While experiencing an earthquake is always stressful and frightening, you will have peace of mind knowing that your home is protected by an earthquake shut off valve. This device will shut the gas off before it enters your home and will help to avoid a very life-threatening explosion. However, many homeowners are unsure how to restore the gas service to their home after a seismic event, which triggers a gas line shut off.

The safest choice is to call (214) 388-4525 and schedule an inspection of your gas service and the gas lines in your home by a Metroplex Leak & Line licensed plumber. He or she will carefully inspect your home and gas meter before resetting your earthquake shut off valve. We offer 24/7 service calls and will do everything in our power to check your home promptly, restore your gas service, and allow you to return to your regular schedule. However, if we do discover any damage to your gas lines, we will provide you with a complete estimate for the repairs needed to return your gas lines to a safe and functional condition.

Think of your earthquake valve as insurance that protects your home and your loved ones from the tragedy of a gas explosion. And the only way to be confident that your home has not been damaged during an earthquake to have all of the gas lines inspected by a licensed plumber before resetting the valve and restoring your gas service. Call (214) 388-4525 as soon as it is safe to return to your home and know that we will diligently inspect your home for your safety.

Selecting An Earthquake Valve

There are many retail stores and suppliers of certified earthquake valves. However, your home could dictate which valve is the best choice for your safety. The size of the piping, location of the gas meter, and the building code in your area are all essential to take into consideration.

The safest and most reliable way to select the best shut off valve for your home or building is to consult with a Metroplex Leak & Line licensed plumber after he or she has inspected your home or building. With years of experience and expertise, our plumbers will guide you in selecting the correct valve for your particular home and application. Call us today, and we will schedule an appointment that works with your schedule, including appointments in the evening and on weekends. Our goal is to earn your business with 100% satisfaction in our work, our customer service, and our competitive pricing.

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