There are many different parts that make up a plumbing system both inside your home and out. Some parts are there for water to flow smoothly through and some parts are there to turn water off when necessary or in case of an emergency.
Even if you are not a DIY-er or interested in knowing the how the innards of your home works, it is important to know about what shut-off valves are and where they are located.
Three Basic Shut-off Valves Everyone Needs to Know About
- Water Main Valve – Every home has one these; the important thing to know is where it is located, which is usually somewhere in the basement or crawl space of your home. If there is a leak in your home you can always stop the water by turning this valve off. It will shut off the water to your entire house so that is something to be aware of, but if you are trying to prevent a room from being flooded by something like a pipe that has burst this is your quickest option.
- Cut- Off Valves – In addition to the main water valve, you also have several cut off valves, usually attached to toilets and sinks that can stop water from flowing where you do not want it. If there is ever a chance of your toilet over-flowing with unsanitary toilet water, reach behind the toilet and turn the knob close to the wall. This will shut off the water to your toilet, but not the rest of your home. There is usually one located for washing machines, showers, etc. as well.
- Gas & Electric Water Heater Valves – These are here to protect you (and your home) should the water get too hot from your water heater and reach a scalding temperature or some other type of emergency situation. It is usually located somewhere on the top of the tank.
Carmine’s is here to help you with any of your plumbing and HVAC needs. Using these shut-off valves until we arrive to repair your plumbing issue can easily save you some serious money in water damage repairs. Give us a call today 203-791-8089.