After a bit of a hiatus, our “New Home Owner Mondays” series is back. In this installment, we’ll talk about some basic plumbing issues that every new home owner should know and understand.
The most important thing for any home owner to know is how to shut the water off in their home. In case of a plumbing emergency, the first thing you will need to do is shut the water off either to the whole house or to a particular fixture or appliance like the toilet or hot water tank.
According to the experts at Drain Genie, it’s important to know where these valves are ahead of time because even a few minutes of water running in the house while you try to locate the valve can cause a lot of water damage.
In a recent blog post from Derksen Plumbing & Heating, they describe exactly how to find the various shut-off valves that you may need to locate:
“Whole house shut-off valve. Most homes have a shut-off valve for the main water supply located near the foundation in either the front or rear of the house. However, each home is different and it may also be in the basement or the garage, wherever the water main connects to the house.
“Whole house hot water valve. To turn just the hot water off to the whole house, locate the valve where the water supply enters your hot water heater.
“Individual sink valves. Each sink should have it’s own valves located directly beneath it, one for hot water and one for cold.
“Toilet shut off valves. The toilet valve is usually easy to find, usually located beneath the tank on the left side.
“Dishwasher and icemaker valves. Usually both of these valves are also under the kitchen sink. If not, check your basement or crawl space right under the kitchen.
“Clothes washer. Behind the washer, there should be two valves, one for hot water, one for cold, which connect to the main house water supply.”
In addition to knowing where all of the valves are before an emergency, I highly recommend doing some research on local plumbing companies, including those who offer 24 hour emergency plumbing services, before you need them so that you already know who to call should a problem arise. (For more on this, take a look at our recent blog, How To Choose A Professional Plumber.)
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