Do you know where your main water valve is located?
Temperatures drop fast over the winter months and can cause a pipe to burst, your dishwasher hose could malfunction and unload gallons of water on your kitchen floor. Any issue with uncontrollable water flowing in your home can be stopped by turning off your Main Water Valve. Watch the video above for a demonstration or follow the steps below to locate your main water valve and shut it off in the event of an emergency.
STEP 1. Identify the main water shut off. This is usually a brass valve which has a round handle and in the majority of homes is located near to the point where the water pipe makes its way into the property – often in the kitchen, downstairs, water closet or even utility room. Turn this knob clockwise to cease the stream of cold water into the home.
STEP 2. The water supply should now be cut off. However, keep in mind that there will still be water inside the house which you will need to drain simply by turning on every one of the faucets. This is also an important step when winterizing your summer home (but that’s another tip).
STEP 3. Call Paul Davis of Central PA and get them out to help fix the damage or identify the problem.
* Note that the method for turning off your water supply can vary depending on which supply you possess and at exactly what stage you have to cut the supply off. For most jobs throughout the home switching off the supply indoors will be sufficient.