Understanding your water system basics is integral for taking good care of your home, such as finding and using its shut-off valve outside your house in emergencies, repairs, or maintenance. Here, Leak Detection of Atlanta offers simple guidance for finding that valve, especially when contacting an emergency plumber.
Imagine this: your home suffers a pipe burst, or there's a major leak requiring the immediate shutoff of its water supply; knowing how and where the shut-off valve can quickly shut it off could save countless repairs or upgrades to the plumbing system in this instance. Using it promptly also provides your first line of defense during such emergencies and upgrades of plumbing system components.
To start right and stay safe when conducting any renovation project, gather essential tools like a flashlight, wrench (adjustable or crescent wrench), gloves, and possibly even an additional flashlight, making the task much simpler and safer.
Your water meter can usually be found near the curb outside your house - usually made out of metal - set into the ground. A shut-off valve might also be nearby. Let's continue our investigation to step three.
Locate the main supply pipe from your water meter leading back towards your house. A shut-off valve may be located along this pipeline made out of metal or plastic that may even be hidden a few inches below the ground surface buried within an appropriate protective enclosure such as plastic or metal boxing.
Valves may be located throughout your home depending on its layout and any local regulations in effect, with some commonly-known places including these locations:
Wherever possible, choose to place outdoor faucets or hose bibs along an exterior wall of your house near outdoor faucets/hose bibs that connect directly with an outdoor spigot/hose bib for optimal convenience and closeness to the foundation. Often, this placement corresponds with water meters.
Once in the general area where the valve should be, look out for any wheel or lever--this is your shut-off valve and may or may not have its name written clearly on it. if uncertain, follow pipe connections and look for anything resembling valve attachments.
Switching off a valve is vital for emergency or maintenance situations. To do this:
Turn the wheel clockwise (toward the right) to close a valve. Use a wrench if turning is difficult. Tilt until the water supply is stopped via your faucets or meters.
Once you have located and closed the shut-off valve, ensure it works by turning on an indoor faucet until no water comes out; then, open up the shut-off valve again to restore water flow.
Now that you know where the shut-off valve is, it is wise to regularly inspect its condition to ensure it can easily be reached for use and turned. In case a plumber needs to perform maintenance or call in services in an emergency, knowing where it can be found could save time and avoid potential damages to property or pipes.
Our expert plumbing service team responds swiftly and effectively to emergency plumbing needs. We can swiftly locate leaks for quick repairs to ensure minimal property damage resulting from them leaking — so trust that we will manage any plumbing emergency professionally!
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