When plumbing emergencies strike, you want to act fast to prevent lasting damage to your property and possessions. Water can ruin wood floors or cabinetry, soak carpets or rugs leaving mold in its wake, and create a mess you will be cleaning up for weeks - or even months. A simple pipe break can leave a lingering trail of destruction, as well as frustration and avoidable stress.
Almost every room in your home has access to plumbing, and even rooms like your bedroom have adjacent access. From showering, to brushing our teeth, to doing laundry, to cooking, most of our daily activities require water. Despite this fact, most homeowners don’t know a ton about their plumbing. But knowing how to shut your water off can become essential very quickly in the case of emergencies. It can also be helpful if you’re doing some quick DIY plumbing that you learned in our eBook or in one of our blogs.
Water damage in your home can be catastrophic. What starts as a small leak can quickly turn into damaged walls, ruined floors, and thousands of dollars’ worth of furniture repairs – if it can be salvaged at all.
However, homeowners don’t have to allow a little leak to turn into a major problem. To avoid serious issues, though, you’ll need to know more about your home and how you can get your water off if or when you spring a leak.
Hopefully the water you have coming into your home, and the systems installed to provide this, work properly and you don’t have to think much of them. Normally, the main water flow system doesn’t require much maintenance. However, when something does go wrong, it happens very quickly and causes a big mess. The first thing that should be done when this happens is to locate your main water shut off valve and get the water to stop as soon as possible to prevent secondary damages.