If you watch the news, you know that the Ring of Fire has been very active lately. There have been earthquakes in almost every country lining this area of the planet in the past few weeks. The Ring of Fire is a 25,000 mile stretch of the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It is shaped like a horseshoe and is home to active volcanoes and seismic activity. We in California are a part of this string of 452 volcanoes and this region is home to 90% of earthquakes. Living here gives sun and sand and adventure, but it comes with a great responsibility, as well.
Earthquake Preparation At Home
Preparing your home and family for an earthquake seems daunting, but being prepared can save property and, more importantly, lives. You should have clean water supplies on hand at all times; for your home and car. During a big earthquake, pipes in your home can rupture and the city lines are particularly vulnerable. This means, and has meant in the past, a total disruption of water services. Having water to drink for yourself and your pets it critical to surviving the ordeal.
Strapping your water heater is not only important, it is required. A home in California will not pass a standard inspection and will not pass a retrofit inspection. Call your plumber or licensed contractor to take care of that immediately. If it rips away from the wall you will have a flood. In addition, and far more dangerous, it can disconnect from the gas line. This can be deadly. The state also requires that you have a gas shut-off valve. When the earth shakes, the valve goes into action and the gas no longer runs to the line. In a massive shaker, this can be absolutely life saving.
Strapping your refrigerator, washer and dryer, can prevent floods and dangerous gas leaks. You should always consult a licensed plumber for any work to be done with plumbing lines. ALWAYS consult a licensed plumber or employee of your local gas company when working with gas lines. Make sure to consult the gas company when doing any digging in an area even remotely near gas lines. Consult DigAlert and make an appointment.
It may seem dramatic, but retrofitting your plumbing and gas related appliances and lines can make the difference between life and death in an earthquake and the aftermath. For more information, please visit, EarthquakeCountry.
As always, Reckon & Reckon Plumbing is here to help! Call us at 1-877-473-2566.