Earthquakes can cause immense destruction, and Southern California is notorious for its many fault lines. Because earthquakes occur suddenly and without warning, it is important to take precautionary steps to help ensure your home is safe and secure if one should hit. By being prepared beforehand, you can reduce the risk of property damage and injuries that may occur during an earthquake.
Think About Small Objects, Decorations, & Appliances
While many people may check to see if their large bookshelves and furniture pieces are secure, they often miss the smaller objects and decorations. In an earthquake, these smaller items can be catapulted from their resting places and hit someone, or crash on the ground and spread broken glass. Thus, for smaller decorations, you can use sticky putty to secure them to walls and tables so they don’t fly off during the shaking. Appliances like TVs and microwaves should also be secured with straps or textured mats.
Think About Your Water Heater
In California, a water heater must have 2 straps to secure it to the walls of your home. If it is unsecured, it may tip over and break during an earthquake, putting you at risk for water damage and dangerous gas leaks. Flexible restraints are better than rigid ones because they allow for a little movement while still keeping the water heater in place.
Think About Your Home’s Gas & Plumbing Lines
Flexible gas and plumbing fittings can help prevent breakage of your gas or plumbing lines during an earthquake. In addition, you should know where the emergency shut-off switch is for your water, electricity, and gas. In the event of an earthquake, flexible fittings can protect your home from water damage and gas leaks.
Earthquake Home Protection Services in Glendale – Call (818) 396-8002 Today
At Moe’s Plumbing Services, our team provides earthquake home protection services for customers in Southern California. If you want to ensure your home is secured and prepared for an earthquake, our team can inspect your systems and install high quality gas shut-off valves, flexible fixtures, straps for your water heater, and restraints for your major water and gas appliances. We will provide professional and efficient services to help keep you and your home safe.
Contact our office today for an appointment. We offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services for your immediate needs.