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Do You Know How to Shut Off Your Water Main?

When a plumbing emergency strikes, you don’t want to stand around trying to figure out where your water main shut-off valve is located. A little bit of water can do a lot of damage in a limited amount of time, and if you have a serious plumbing emergency, a lot of water can flood out of the system in a short period. That is why we encourage you to locate your water main shut-off and to learn to operate before disaster strikes.

Read the following tips, and be sure to contact our team with any questions that you may have. Your plumbing system in New Port Richey, FL helps keep your life convenient and hygienic. Don’t let it be the source of a serious, costly headache.

Locating the Water Main Shut-Off Valve

You’ve probably heard the old adage of the desired item being located in the last place you look. In the event of a plumbing emergency, you don’t want this to be the case. The fact is, though, that there is no set standard regarding the location of a water main shut-off.

In homes with basements, the water main and its shut-off valve are typically located by the front foundation wall. Here in Florida, though, basements are not common due to our wet soil, swampland, and high water tables. Regardless, should you live in a home with a basement, this is the first place to look.

It is far more likely that your home will have a low crawlspace, or that it sits directly on a concrete slab. Chances are that you’ll find the shut-off valve near your water heater, or even directly under the kitchen sink. It’s possible, however, that the shut-off valve will be in the crawlspace itself. If this is the case, you may want to consider the installation of a secondary shut-off valve in a more convenient spot within your living space. Once you locate the valve, simply turn the knob or pull the handle to the “off” position, and wait for your professional plumber to resolve the problem.

Contact Experts Plumbing Services, LLC for all of your plumbing needs.

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