What Earthquakes Can Do to Your Plumbing

Chances are if you live in Southern California, you’re familiar with earthquakes, and most likely, you’ve experienced one. Earthquakes can pose major issues to your home, but what about to your plumbing? That’s right, earthquakes can cause damage to your home’s plumbing system, even if it’s small. The most vulnerable section of your plumbing system (and most important) is the water line, which is the section that is most likely to be affected by an earthquake.

So, how can you protect your plumbing and water line in the event of an earthquake? Here are a few tips to help you stay in the clear:

  • Know Where the Shut-Off Valves Are in Your Home: If a large earthquake does hit, prevent flooding by locating your shut-off valves, shutting off your water, just as a safety precaution. Do the same with your gas line, and locate your main gas line’s shut-off valve to prevent any leaking, or potential emergency situations.
  • Replace Water Lines: Brand new water lines are more likely to withstand an earthquake than older ones. Older water lines exhibit problems such as leaks, which make them weaker during an earthquake. If water lines are starting to show these signs of ware, replace them as soon as possible.
  • Schedule Annual Plumbing Inspection and Maintenance: Your home’s plumbing system is more susceptible to damage after an earthquake, especially if it has not been inspected and cared for regularly. Catching problems with your plumbing early on can help you to make sure that your plumbing and water lines are in the best condition in the event of an earthquake. To ensure your plumbing is in the best condition, it is suggested to have maintenance and inspections performed on it at least once a year.

To learn more about the effect earthquakes have on your home, or to schedule an annual plumbing inspection, give RighTime Home Services a call at (951) 643-0492 or visit us online at https://www.rightimehomeservices.com.