Our plumbing systems make our lives far more convenient than they could possibly be otherwise. Just because your plumbing system allows for so much convenience and comfort, though, doesn’t mean that it cannot also cause you some serious headaches. This is certainly the case when it comes to a burst water line.
If your water line in Bloomington, IL were to burst, would you know what to do? Sure, you’d want to dial our number promptly to have the situation resolved. However, you’d also want to shut off the water before too much of it floods into your home.
That is precisely why it is so important that you know where your water shut-off valve is located. With this valve, you can stem the flow of water into your home at its source. The trouble is, the valve may be located in a few different places. You should go out of your way to find it and familiarize yourself with it before you’re trying to do so when disaster strikes.
If your home has a basement, then it is very likely that the shut-off valve is located somewhere on the front facing foundation wall. It may be behind a panel, so be sure that you know how to get to it quickly. Keep the area clear of clutter for easy access it.
Should your home rest directly on a slab, you should check by your water heater in your search for the shut-off valve. It may also be under the kitchen sink. If you have a crawlspace, the valve could be located in the crawlspace itself. If so, you may want to have a secondary shut-off valve installed in an easier to access spot.
You may also want to think about investing in an automatic shut-off valve. With this type of valve, you don’t even have to be home to shut off the flow of water. The valve will detect any major leaks, and stem the flow of water on its own.
If you have any plumbing service needs, contact the pros at Pipeworks Inc.