It's something that everyone knows can happen, but something that not many people take the time to prepare for. Do you know what to do in the event of a plumbing emergency? How do you get the water to stop flowing and causing more and more damage with every drip? Here, you'll learn how to shut off your water and a few tips for making it a much faster process for future emergencies.
Well Water Shut Off
If your water comes from a well, you'll have a different shut off process than those with city supplied water. Go to the water pressure tank. On the wall directly behind or beside it, you'll see a lever on the pipe that leads into the tank. Turn the lever to shut off the water to the tank. If the water is shut off to the tank, the water will be shut off to the rest of the interior water lines in your home.
City Water Shut Off
If your home is supplied with water from the local municipality or city, your shut off process will be a little trickier.
Go outside to the water meter. Right beside the meter, you should see a shut-off valve. It may be tucked away in a box with an access panel, so if you don't see it right away, keep looking.
In some cases, the main water shut off for city water is actually hidden under the ground near the street. If you have an access panel on the ground, you'll need to open it up. You should see a rotary handle or a metal flange. If it's a handle, turn it all the way to the left with your hand. If it's a metal flange, you'll need a wrench to turn it to the left to shut off the water.
Tip: Before your next plumbing emergency, purchase an extra wrench to store in the access box so that you don't lose any time trying to find the right tool while water continues to fill your home.
Plan for Repairs
It's always best to have the names and numbers of emergency repair technicians handy at all times. You don't want to lose precious time digging through a long list of companies to consider. This should all be done ahead of time.
Look for a contractor that is near you, has good reviews from previous customers and offers 24-hour emergency services. Keep that number near your phone, so you can quickly reach out for help when you need it. For more information, contact a company like Marv's Plumbing.