What you should know about your plumbing system in a natural disaster. Many homes in California are susceptible to flooding and earthquakes. Every homeowner needs to have the necessary knowledge of how to handle a natural disaster. Here are some of the basics you should know:
1. Locate all the cleanouts in your home, In most cases, there is only one.
2. Know the location of your central water shut off valve.
3. Know how to access your water meter.
4. Know how to shut off your home irrigation system.
5. Learn how to access and shut off your gas.
6. Know how to shut off your electricity.
Don’t Think It Won’t Happen To You
Every homeowner, business, and renters should have a plan in place to take the necessary steps to protect yourself, family, and those around you in the case of a natural disaster. Don’t think a natural disaster won’t hit your home. It’s not “if” it will happen, but “when” it will happen. Our schools, both city and private, practice drills for natural disasters; our families should do the same. Review the steps you should take during a natural disaster, at least a couple of times a year.
1. Know how to shut off water to each sink in your home.
2. Turn the gas off on your water heater.
3. Learn how to turn off the water supply to your water heater.
4. Be informed on how to drain your water heater.
Under Extreme Conditions
Under extreme conditions of flooding, the city’s main sewer line can back up. Opening your cleanout can prevent your home from backing up. In older homes that experience flooding, the main sewer line tends to lift and can pull apart at the fittings. When the flooded area dries, you’ll see a damp area that doesn’t show signs of drying. The same goes for earthquakes, pipes including sewer lines can shift or break. Our government has put together a checklist of what you’ll need in case of a natural disaster, https://www.ready.gov.