Do you have a special list of emergency numbers and a special emergency kit set aside? You probably do, since this is one of the basic household planning projects. But do you know where the shut-off valve for your home’s plumbing is located? This is an essential bit of knowledge for plumbing emergencies that threaten flooding—and it’s something you and all the adults in your house should know. You should also know how to use the shut-off valve, which isn’t always as straightforward as it sounds.
Once you’re armed with this vital information about the shut-off valve, you can help stop expensive water damage and massive water waste. You’ll have peace of mind as well.
Let’s Find the Shut-Off Valve
If your home is connected to the municipal city water supply rather than drawing from a well, you will find the shut-off valve near the water meter that controls and monitors the flow of fresh water into the house’s plumbing. The meter is usually housed near the curb or sidewalk in front of your house inside a shallow pit. Look for a plastic or concrete cover in the general area.
Lift the lid and you’ll find the water meter. There are two sides to the meter: the city side where the water enters and the house side where it exists. In most cases, the shut-off valve is located on the house side. You’ll see a basic hand valve. To shut off the water supply, turn the valve clockwise until it stops (don’t force it, since it may jam). Turn counterclockwise to open. Pretty basic.
If there isn’t a basic valve in the house side, you will need to turn the city side valve. The city doesn’t really want you tampering with this, so in order to turn the valve, you’ll need a meter key. Sometimes this hangs next to the valve. If it isn’t there, you can purchase one from a hardware store.
If you use well water, you can find the shut-off valve on the pipe leading from the tank to the house. A counterclockwise turn and you’re good!
Automatic Shut-Off Valves
What do you do about plumbing emergencies that happen when no one is home to turn off the water? Seems like it’s impossible to prevent major damage and massive water waste. But there’s a preventive measure you can take, which is to have an automatic shut-off valve installed. This is something a professional plumber can do for you. The valve detects sudden drops in pressure in the plumbing that indicate water flooding from a pipe; the valve then shuts on its own and stops the water flow. The valve can also be attached to floor sensors.
When you need emergency plumbing in Farwell, TX, we’re the people to call (once you’ve turned that shut-off valve, of course). We are family-owned and operated and offer guaranteed pricing instead of estimates that can change after the work is completed. No matter your plumbing needs, trust to us!