November 9, 2023
Tag and Test Water Shut-off Valve to Ensure Home Safety
Water damage can mean extensive repairs, and every second counts when dealing with a water crisis. The first thing you need to know in an emergency is where to find your home’s main water valve and how to shut it off.
How to Find Your Water Shut Off Valve
Where might you find your water valve? It can be located in several different areas, but most likely is located close to where the water meter comes into the home. This could be in a basement, crawl space or furnace room that leads to an outside wall. Locate and follow the line to your water meter until you see the water shut-off valve. Turn the valve clockwise to stop the flow of water.
Get Your Shut Off Valve Tested and Tagged
To help minimize potential water damage, Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric recommends that a technician tests and tags your shut-off valve. Tagging the valve makes it easy to identify in an emergency. Applewood also recommends calling a licensed plumber to do a safety check, and testing of the shut-off valve to ensure it is working properly. Once this is done, opening and closing plumbing valves a couple of times a year will prevent minerals and rust from building up on the valve seat so that it continues to operate efficiently.
When to Turn Off Your Water
Cold temperatures aren’t the only time you might have to worry about potential water emergencies. Another safety precaution is to turn off your water during vacations or extended stays away from the home. Monitoring your home temperature and turning off your water at these times is the best way to avoid serious water damage in the event of a plumbing failure while you are away. Other times that may require accessing your shut off valve include excessive rain or buildup of snow causing drainage issues.
Help With All Your Plumbing Needs
Whether it’s finding and testing your water shut off valve or fixing a leaky faucet, count on Applewood for all your plumbing needs. We’ve proudly served the Denver, Boulder, Longmont area for over 50 years. Schedule your appointment today.