Don’t wait for an emergency, find your main water shut-off valve and make a plan today!
If you ever find yourself in an emergency situation where one of your plumbing pipes bursts, the last thing you want to have to do is fumble around in your basement trying to locate the main water line valve to shut it off. As you go hunting to find this sometimes elusive valve, each passing second is precious because water is raining down in your home, damaging your drywall and your belongings.
It's better to have a plan, locate your main water shut off beforehand and avoid frantically trying to find it in an emergency. These extra couple of minutes during an active water leak can save you thousands of dollars! According to these Jacksonville property managers when water gets in to the nooks and crannies of your home you could potentially develop harmful mold which will need remediation. According to some professionals the average cost of mold remediation is anywhere from $450 for small areas and $6500 for large ones. That cost doesn't even include what you will have to pay for the repairs to the drywall, flooring, and electric items. Other costly instances you have to worry about is the damage electricity and water may do to your appliances, fixtures and outlets. Shortages and power surges can cause sparks which may result in a house fire, appliances not working anymore and bad wiring throughout the home.
Water supply pipes can usually be found in unfinished areas of a home such as a basement, garage or laundry room. Oftentimes it is close to the water heater so that is usually a good place to start. Once you find the pipe, locate the valve that controls it and give a turn to the right until you can’t turn it anymore. That’s it! The water supply to your home should be shut off.