Plumbing Emergency? Don’t Panic, Here are the Steps to Take
Plumbing emergencies can range from leaking pipes and backed up sewer lines to a faucets that won’t shut off and water heaters that are leaking water. Because plumbing problems can happen anytime, it’s important that everyone in the household know the location of the shutoff valve for every plumbing fixture and appliance, as well as the home’s main shutoff valve.
Water Shutoff Valves
If a specific plumbing fixture or appliance like a faucet or toilet is leaking or malfunctioning, first look for the fixture supply valve shut-off valve and turn it clockwise to turn off the water supply to the affected fixture. The shutoff valve is usually located underneath the toilet or sink. Clothes washers will have two shutoff valves, one each for hot and cold water, often located behind the appliance
If the problem is not with a specific fixture or appliance, or you cannot locate the shutoff valve, locate the main shutoff valve to turn off the water to the entire house. The main shutoff valve will be on the inside where the main water supply pipe enters the house. Turn the valve clockwise to shut it off. If the valve is difficult to turn, keep a wrench near the valve for emergencies.
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