Have you ever experienced a plumbing emergency at home? Generally, plumbing emergencies are accompanied by floods of water, and large messes. Many times when our emergency plumbers arrive on the scene, there is already a significant amount of damage that could have been avoided with one simple step by the homeowner. Today we will go over the various ways you can turn off the water in the event of a plumbing emergency at home. It only takes a minute, and you can do it right before, right after, or even at the same time you call for emergency repairs!
Flooding or Overflowing Appliances/Sinks/Toilets
In most homes, you ‘ll notice that water-using appliances have special hook ups behind them. With those hookups, there will be a small knob. That knob is the water shut-off valve for that appliance. Each of your sinks and toilets should be equipped with one as well. By closing that valve, typically by turning it to the right until it comes to a full stop, you can prevent anymore water from accessing that appliance. This is the quickest way to stop and overflowing sink, toilet, washing machine, refrigerator, and similar appliances.
Burst Pipe In The Walls Or Under The Floor
If a pipe has burst inside of your wall, or if you hear a leak in walls or floor, you may not know which pipe is causing the leak. Don’t worry, your plumber will locate that when he or she gets there. For now, locate your main water line shut-off valve, and turn it off. (You can usually find this valve in front on one of the front walls outside of your home, possibly hidden in the garden.) This will turn off all of the water inside of your house, stopping any leaks immediately. When the plumber arrives, the leak will be repaired, and the water will be turned back on.
Main Water Line Break
If you’ve come home to a flooded yard, your main water valve may not be able to shut it off. In this case, there is one last valve you can try, the one located close to the street in front of your house. This is the valve that the city uses to control water access to your home. In emergencies, you can use that valve to shut off the water to your home, though not all cities allow civilian access to those valves.