The main water valve
One of the most important
things to know about your house or apartment Is
Just imagine: Your sitting at your computer
looking at my web site (And thinking what a great web site) when suddenly water
is coming down from the ceiling and dripping very close to your computer. You
have no idea where the water is coming from.|
what do you do?
Simple, you turn off your main water shut off valve.
Oh you don't know where it is! now you have a
problem. A broken pipe or washing machine hose can pour more then ten gallons of
water a minute on to your floor or into your ceilings. the amount of damage
water can do to your home is unbelievable.
So before you have a situation like this, make
sure that you know where your main water shut off valve is, and that it works. I
can not say where your valve is, so you will have to look for it your self. if
you have town or city water chances are you will have a water meter, that is
where your main valve should be, If it is in a difficult place to get to you
should have a plumber come in and relocate the main valve to a more accessible
place and change it to a Ball Valve. ( a ball valve has a lever type handle that
turns the water off with just 1/4 turn) some towns don't have meters so you
would have to look for the electric ground. Most electricians run a ground wire
to the main water line where it first comes into the house. Have
Find a local Plumbing and Heating contractor
If you are on a well look for a well tank.
some tanks are in well houses and some tank are buried, but if all else fails
you can always turn the power to the pump Off.
About those hoses don't leave the water to
your washing machine on when you are not using them. turn the water off to them
when not in use.
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