If there is a problem with the plumbing in your home where water is coming in unexpectedly, it can cause a lot of damage. This is often because homeowners are not aware of how to shut off the water in their home, leading them to fumble around to find it as water comes in. That's why you should be aware of how you can shut off your home's water as fast as possible.
Shutting Off Well Water
If you have a well, turning off the water should be fairly simple, you just need to know where that valve is to do it. It's common for this valve to be found near the well water pressure tank. Check the pipe that is going directly into the main pressure tank from the well water source, since there should be a valve on the pipes to prevent more water from coming in.
Once you locate it, consider putting a bright ribbon on the valve to make it easy to locate later. Since you will be rushing in an emergency to shut off your water, saving a few seconds could lead to less water getting into the home.
Shutting Off City Water
Your city water supply can be more challenging to shut off, since the valve may not even be inside your home. This is because city water supplies can have that valve hidden underground. The first step will be to find out if the valve is inside your home or outside it.
Start by finding your home's water meter. If it is inside your home, chances are that the shut off valve is inside your home as well. Look for a valve on a pipe that is on the side of the meter where the water would flow into your home.
When your water meter is outside your home, then it will be more difficult to find it. There should be a small access panel near the street, which has a metal cover and is only a few inches wide. If you take off the cover, it should reveal the valve. The valve could be very simple to turn by hand, or it could require a wrench for turning it. If you need a wrench, it helps to find the right kind and have it somewhere ready for you to grab.
With your water shut off in an emergency, now you can contact a plumber to do the necessary repairs. For more information, contact a business such as Whitewater Plumbing & Heating Inc.