How to Shut off the Water to the Whole House
In the event of a water leak, pipe break or water heater leak knowing how to shut of the water to your home can save you thousands of dollars in unnecessary water damage. To shut off the water to the entire house there are shut off valves installed in your main water lines:
If you don’t know where your shut-off valve is, or you don’t have the right tool handy, call your local water department or contact Michaels Plumbing Service to shut your water off for you.
In the event of a leak at a single fixture, each fixture in your home has an individual shut-off for each of the hot and cold water lines.
When the main water line enters your home, it then branches off to smaller lines to each fixture in your home. Each of these individual supply lines should have its own shut-off valve, also called a stop.
Homeowners should become familiar with the location of each of the shut-off valves so that in the event of a leak or fixture failure, the water supply can be cut off quickly, drastically reducing the amount water damage that can occur.
In addition to checking your waterlines, each individual stop should also be check at least once a year. Each valve should open and close easily. This will also help prevent them from sticking when you need to use them in the event of a leak. If you find that one of the valves is sticking or leaking, call us to replace it right away.
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