Plumbing and Prevention: Tested Your Water Shut off Valves Lately?
Stop a leak from doing further damage by turning it off at the source
Whether it’s a leak from the washing machine, toilet, or sink, you can stop it at the source and save yourself from significant water damage. All it takes is a little preparation.
When a water heater, or toilet, or sink leaks, it’s easy to cut it off at the source by turning off the flow at the fixture. They’re easy to find, but you need to make sure they are working correctly.
Shut a leak off at the fixture
If the toilet is leaking, find the valve (generally located on the wall) and turn it to a full stop. If it’s a sink faucet, you’ll likely be able to spot it quickly as well. Washing machine valves are generally located behind the machine. (Curious to know why your water bill is so high? It could be the result of a water leak.)
Test the water shut-off valves before an emergency
When was the last time you turned off a shut-off valve? It’s possible that some of them have not been moved for years. Test them now. Make sure they function properly. If they are stuck, better to find out now and free them, so they work in the event of a plumbing emergency.
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