Shutting off your water until plumber arrives.
Learning how to shut off your water supply can be vital in a plumbing emergency situation. Even if you are using a professional plumber you will still need to be able to shut off the water supply to avoid a flood in the home or in areas of the home. If you’re unsure of how to shut off your water supply, here are a few steps to help you get started. The steps are generalized steps for shutting off the water supply to a home or to an area of a home. Though each home is different, these steps will help you with shutting off the water supply in protecting from a flood.
Locating the Water Supply Valve
The first step in learning how to shut off your water supplies to locate the water supply valve. Depending on the style of home you have you may have several valves in the home. For example, if you are having a bathroom plumbing emergency then you would want to shut off the water valve to the bathroom. The valves can be located on the fixtures themselves under a cabinet. In a kitchen you may have a water valve that can be shut off to stop the water supply to a dishwasher, sink or to a refrigerator ice machine. You also have water shut off valves for washers and dryers and various other areas of your home.
However, if you are unsure of where the water leak is coming from with a plumbing emergency, then you will need to make sure you turn off the main water supply. The main shut off the water supply can be located outside of the home and may be located at the street in front of the home. In order to make sure that you can shut off your water supply you will need to make sure that you know the location of not only the individual water supplies in the home but the main water supply. If you’re unsure where the main water supply is, you can ask a plumber to help you locate it and show you how to shut off the water.
Turning off the Water Supply Valve
Turning off the water supply valve to the home will shut off all water leading into the home until a plumber can arrive. If you are turning off the water supply valve, it is a fairly easy procedure. You will simply need to remove the cover from the water supply valve area and turn the water valve until the water has shut off into the home. Remember, that if a pipe is broken it may take a few moments for the water supply valve to stop the water from flowing into the home. If you’re unsure if the water has stopped flowing and the home have someone inside the home turn on faucets in various rooms of the house.
If you are turning off the water supply to a particular area you can check the water supply has in fact been turned off by turning on a faucet in the sink, flushing the toilet, turning on a washing machine or turning on the dishwasher. This will let you know if the water valve has been completely shut off and the water to the home has been shut off. In the case of a plumbing emergency you will be able to contact a plumber without worry of flooding the home or a room of the home.
Before you try to fix it yourself... Call a professional. You may find it will save you a lot of money in the long run