Locate the Water Shut-offs prior to any emergency.
In an effort to be prepared for an emergency, locating your water shut-off valves is a key step in protecting your home. In fact, knowing where the valves are and how to turn off the main water supply can help you to prevent your home from sizable damages.
There are few common events that can lead to turning the valves off:
- Pipes freezing due to call water and exploding
- Water leak in your property
- Prior to earthquake, storm, tornado, natural catastrophes
- Work or maintenance on the main water supply line on your block
- Realizing work on your own plumbing system
Water flowing uncontrollably through your house can cause extreme damages to your home.
And for some other events, keeping your water valves on, can be a health hazard.
For instance after a disaster, the water coming to your home might be contaminated due to cracks in the water supply lines ahead. During an emergency, you should immediately turn off your water line and turn it back on when the authorities say that it is safe for you.
Shut-off valves can be in various areas in your house, the primary location is usually where the line coming from the street enters your home (front side of the house). For instance, shut-off valves can be found on a wall, basement, in front of the house, near the water heater, in the garage, or outside near the street or on the front side of the house. Labeling your shut-off valve could be a great help as you can find it easily when you need to. Usually the valve is painted in red to spot it more easily. Shut-off valves outside your house are typically buried underground near the street.
Your shut-off valve should be closed after it is fully turned clockwise. If it does not sufficiently close because it is somewhat rusty, you should talk to your technician about having it replaced.
If you verify you have a leak or you are unsure, we recommend contacting a professional to locate the water leak for you.
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