Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.
Are you prepared for a plumbing emergency? If a pipe in your home bursts, do you know how to get the water to stop flowing immediately? Knowing how to shut off the water supply before the disaster occurs can help to save you a lot of mess to clean up and a substantial amount of damage that needs repaired.
How to Shut Off City Water
If your home is supplied water from the city, your main water shut off should be near the water meter. Oftentimes, the meter and the shut off valve are positioned underground with an access panel enclosing it.
Open the cover and look for a paddle or rotary handle or a metal flange. Handles are turned to the right until they won't turn any further. Metal flanges require a wrench to turn them to the right to turn off the water flow.
Tip: If your water supply shut off is a metal flange, store a wrench in the area so that you have it ready for use if you should ever need it. This will eliminate the need to search for a wrench when a pipe bursts and your home is filling with water.
How to Shut Off Well Water
If your home water supply comes from a well on your property, you should be able to find the shut off valve near the pressure tank. In many cases, this is a lever on the side of a waterline. Simply turn the lever to shut off the water supply to the pressure tank and the home.
Localized Water Shut Off
Your home probably has localized water shut off valves located throughout. For instance, an upstairs bathroom could have a shut off to the bathroom's water supply under the sink. This allows you to shut the water off to every line feeding the bathroom without shutting the water off to the entire house.
Take some time to look through your home and find all of the shut off valves located throughout. Take note of the location of each one and post the note somewhere that you will easily see it if a plumbing emergency should occur.
Maintain the Water Shut Off Valves
Once a year, go through your home and turn off all of the shut off valves to ensure they have not seized. This way, you can lubricate them or replace them as needed so that they are in good working order in when you need them.
If you are unsure about where to find the water shut off valves in and outside of your home, talk with your local plumber for assistance, or contact a company like Central Plumbing Specialties.Share
10 August 2015