How to Prevent Gas Leaks During an Earthquake

During an earthquake, water and gas lines are extremely vulnerable. When damage to gas lines occurs, a leak may happen. Gas leaks can be extremely dangerous to both the affected home and the surrounding properties and can lead to explosions and loss of life. Earthquake shut-off valves can prevent these leaks from happening and protect your family and home.


Earthquake shut-off valves are attached to gas lines. They detect seismic activity, and when an earthquake occurs, they shut off the supply of gas, so a leak cannot occur. The shut-off valves are programmed to only react to earthquakes of specific magnitudes, so that small tremors do not needlessly cause any disruption to your gas service.

Talk to a plumber at Mike Counsil Plumbing about installing and maintaining an earthquake shut-off valve at your San Jose home. For more information on this and our other home improvement and plumbing tune-up services, call (408) 618-8002.


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