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How To Shut Off The Water To The Home
The exact location of the valve is going to vary based on the size, location, and age of your home. The best way to find it is to walk outside and look at where the outside hose spigot is – usually the shut off valve is directly under the spigot. The service riser that houses this shut off valve is usually on the street side of the residence for reference if you are looking for your valve. By turning the handle you can completely shut off all incoming water. There is either a round handle that you would rotate clockwise or counterclockwise or a lever valve that you would pull up or down.
Closing off this valve is one of the first steps when you encounter a plumbing problem. If there are leaking pipes in the walls, then the only way to stop water from entering those pipes is by shutting off the water at this location.
How To Shut Off Water To Certain fixture locations
These valves are often located very near to the appliance they are used for. The shut-off valve for a toilet is often against the wall near the bottom of the toilet. For the sink, the valve is often in the cabinet beneath the sink. A washing machine valve is most likely behind or beside the washing machine.
These valves make it possible to make repairs, replacements, or modifications to the appliances without turning off the water at the main valve. For example, if the sink the bathroom is leaking, but can’t be fixed for several days, then you can shut off the valve at the sink and the rest of the house will still have water. Please note that if these valves do not turn freely do not force them as they will snap causing a much more larger flood problem than as if you left it alone. If they do not turn freely or leak behind the handle when turned you should call a plumber to schedule a replacement usually replace both the hot and cold at the same time.
Know What Goes Where
The power of the garbage disposal is often overestimated. There are some items that you should never put into a garbage disposal even if its food leftover on a plate. Some of those items include bones, pasta, egg shells, coffee grounds, and grease.
Many homes across the country have dealt with clogged pipes because of grease. Grease should never be poured into any sink, toilet, or garbage disposal. Grease is best disposed of in a closed container and thrown into the trash.
Remember The BasicsThese plumbing basics are enough to reduce the risk of any serious damage to your home due to plumbing failures and errors. Be careful of what you place in your drains or disposals. If a leak does occur, then use the nearby shut off valve or the home’s main shut off valve. And remember not to block these areas so that you will have easy access if an emergency occurs.
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