Install Flexible Hoses to Gas and Water Lines


Make Resilient Upgrades | Strengthen Your Home • Earthquakes

Why do they matter?

Because most gas and water lines are rigid, they can be torn from their connection points during an earthquake. Damaged gas and water lines can injure you and others and damage your property. A broken gas line is especially serious because of its potential to start a fire or cause an explosion.

What do I need to know?

  • One way to prevent broken gas and water lines is to have flexible connection pipes installed between appliances and their supply lines.
  • The same method can be used for other appliances, such as a hot water heater, clothes dryer, stove, or gas furnace.
  • Provide a flexible connection between any external fuel tanks and the supply line and where the supply line enters the house.

Where do I start?

  • Changes to the gas lines and plumbing in your property must be done by a licensed contractor, who will ensure that the work is done correctly and according to all applicable codes. This is important for your safety.
  • A flexible connection will help protect against a small amount of movement but is not designed to function when the appliance it is connected to moves extensively or falls. You should also consider anchoring the appliance to the floor or wall.

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