When a pipe breaks in your home, it may only take a few minutes for your home to be flooded, resulting in serious water damage. To avoid this type of expensive damage, you need to make sure that you know how to stop the flood before it starts.
You can do this by learning how to shut the water off to your home and to the various parts of your home, such as the water heater or the toilet.
- Shutting the water off to your entire home means knowing where the shut-off valve is located outside of your home. You can normally find this valve near the water meter.
- Your hot water heater should have a shut-off valve located on the hot water outlet. Turning this valve will shut off all the hot water to your home.
- Located by the line running from your home to the tank of your toilet, you should find a valve. Turning this valve off will stop the flow of water into your toilet.
- Shut-off valves for your sinks are normally located underneath the sink. These valves will turn the water off to that particular sink.
- Your washer will also have shut-off valves located where the water comes into the laundry area and attaches to your washer. Shutting these valves off, both the hot and cold water, will turn the water off to your washer.
- If you have a dishwasher, you can normally find the shut-off valve for it located in the same area as your kitchen sink shut-off valve – underneath the sink.
If you do not have all of these shut-off valves, hire a professional plumber to install them. It is imperative that you have a way to shut off the water source in the event of a leak or a busted pipe. If you have any trouble locating these shut-off valves in your home, a plumber can help you locate them, so that you will be prepared for the worst.