Do you know where your water shut off is?
When a pipe bursts in your home minutes matter; hundreds of gallons of water can enter your home within minutes when this happens. Combine that with findings from a recent survey which showed that less than 45% of people knew where their water shut off was located. (source: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2012/07/05/Many-dont-know-how-to-shut-off-water-gas/77641341546444/)
SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac take great pride in protecting your home. Simply attach this tag on or near the shut off valve. Having your shut off valve clearly marked can save precious time in stopping water from entering your home, potentially saving you time and money in clean up and repair. You will find a guide on how to find your shut off valve below:
How to Find Your Home's Water Shut-Off Valve
If a pipe bursts in your home or springs a leak, knowing where the main water shut-off valve is located and how to turn it off can save money and the headache of having to clean and repair the water damage. The main water shut-off valve can be outside or inside the home, and its location varies depending on the age of the home and local building codes. The easiest way to find your main water shut-off valve is by knowing whether the home was constructed on a slab, basement or crawl space.
Where Is My Shut-Off Valve If My House Is on a Slab?
If your house is on a slab, your main water shut-off valve should be near your water heater tank. It should be under the water heater or at the top of it. It could be shaped like a ring, called a gate valve, or it could be a lever type, called a ball valve. If it’s a gate valve, turn the valve right to shut the water off. If it’s a ball valve, turn the valve perpendicular.
Where Is My Shut-Off Valve If My House Has a Basement?
If you have a basement, that’s probably where you’ll find your shut-off valve. Most water shut-off valves in a basement will be on the opposite side of the wall of your hose bib. The easiest way to find the valve is to picture where the hose attachment is located on the outside of the house. When you picture that, find the corresponding spot on the wall inside the house, and that’s where your main water shut-off valve should be located.
Where Is My Shut-Off Valve If My House Has a Crawl Space?
Your main water shut-off valve could be located under the crawl space. Usually you can find it along the front wall of the house underneath the crawl space.
What Do I Do If I Can’t Find the Shut-Off Valve?
If you still can’t find the main water shut-off valve in an emergency, the water can be shut off from the main city water line. It’s usually located at the front of the house in a covered box. Be careful opening the box, since insects and spiders might live in there.
Knowing where your main water shut-off valve is located can save precious time in the event of an emergency, so we suggest you take some time to figure out exactly where the main water shut-off is located in your home.
If your main water shut-off is in an awkward place that is difficult to access, your plumber should be able to relocate the main water shut-off valve to an easier to access area, such as under the kitchen sink or nearer to the main city line. Call your local plumber today if you need assistance locating your main water shut-off valve or would like to relocate it.