There might be a time when you need to shut the water off to your home. These emergencies can include a pipe burst, a backed up sewer drain, flooding, or any other reason that causes water to enter your home. Your home has an emergency shut off valve for the water that supplies your home. This is usually located in the garage, crawl space, or basement. The first thing you should do is to always check with your plumber to locate the shut-off valve and know how to use it in case of emergency.
Importance of Shutting Off the Water
Quickly shutting off the water when an emergency occurs could end up saving you from an even bigger and more costly disaster. There are a few different types of valves, but all of them are pretty similar. It will depend on how your home and the plumbing is set up. As long as you know where the valve is and how to shut it off, you will be able to stop an emergency from creating a bigger issue.
Location of Shut Off Valve
There are going to be different setups depending on the home. For example, is the water meter in the home or is it outside of the home? Does the home have a sprinkler system or a basement? Does the shut off valve have a wheel or lever handle?
If your home has a basement, the water shut off valve will most likely be there and located near the front foundation of the wall or where the water comes from, like the floor. The valve should be located 3 to 5 feet away from the main water entrance or near the water heater or water furnace.
If your home doesn’t have a basement, the shut-off valve might be in a small scrawl space like under the kitchen sink or near the water heater. Luckily, these are usually easily accessible.
Closing Off the Main Water Valve
If your water valve has a round wheel, turn the handle to the right (clockwise). You might need to do 2 or more full revolutions to completely shut off the water.
If your water valve has a handle, just turn it one quarter until it is parallel to the pipe.
After you turn off the water valve, turn on the sink or tub (both hot and cold water) to relieve any water pressure. This also ensures that you have fully shut off the water. You might want to even do this throughout the house.
Remember, when going to shut off the water to your home, always be careful and safe. This is why you need to talk with a plumber beforehand to ensure you know how to properly do this. Also, you might want to shut off the power to any electric water heaters or boilers during an emergency. Put your gas water heater on the pilot setting on the thermostat and shut off the gas if you end up draining the heater.
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