Plumbing disasters can strike quickly and sometimes without warning. Knowing exactly where your shut off valves are can prevent even more damage from occurring in your home. There are many valves and switches inside your home, but the main water valve is one of the most important. This valve is responsible for shutting off all access to water for any of your appliances or plumbing fixtures throughout your home.
When you should use the shut off valves
You may find yourself in the middle of a plumbing emergency, which may be due to pipes that have burst, flooding in your home due to plumbing damage, or from a major water leak somewhere in your pipes. Other times to use the shut off valve:
- Major renovations may require you to turn off the main water valve to replace pipes in an area where appliances or plumbing fixtures may be used, such as a kitchen or bathroom.
- Long vacations are another good reason to shut off the main water valve. While you are away, if a water leak or broken pipe occurs, you won’t know until you come home to a flood zone.
- Small emergencies may be a reason as well, such as minor water leaks. A plumbing professional is able to perform leak repairs quickly and within a good budget.
When to call a plumbing professional
Once you have turned off the shut off valve, it is time to call a plumbing professional. Broken pipes that cause flooding, leak repairs for damaged plumbing fixtures, or even old pipes that need replaced should be handled by someone with expert knowledge in the plumbing industry. According to the EPA, a small water leak can cost quite a bit of money every month due to several gallons of water that is lost. March is the recommended time to have all your plumbing fixtures, valves, and pipes checked for minor and major water leaks. Preventative plumbing maintenance can save you time, money, and worry in the future.
Estes Plumbing offers several different services for residents in and around the Atlanta area. Our plumbing professionals are certified and have the experience to offer answers and solutions at an affordable price. Call us today and keep your whole house plumbing system in tip-top shape!