The single most important part of your plumbing system.
The most valuable knowledge you can have of your plumbing system is knowing how to shut water off to your home. This knowledge is best used in the case of a plumbing emergency. It is also great if you are a part time resident, as you should shut the water off before departing to ensure you have no plumbing issues while away.
Typically, on a single family home, the main shut off valve is located on the side of the home. You will have piping coming out of the ground and going into your home. There will be a valve on the piping. This is used to stop the water from entering your home. Apartments and condos may have exterior shut off valves, but they are often found inside the unit as well. It is not uncommon for them to be located in the utility room or in the ceiling.
It is particularly important to regularly test this valve for proper operation. The last thing you want is to have an emergency, then find out at that time that the valve has failed and does not completely shut off water. In this case, you would typically have to contact the city utilities or a plumber to come out and shut the water off, which may result in additional water damage or higher water bill.
Next Plumbing offers many options to help our customers have that peace of mind. We offer solenoid valves that allow you to shut down water to your home at the press of a button. We also offer a Customer Protection Plan in which we will test your valves for proper operation on a regular basis. We will locate your main shut off and show you where it is.
Give us a call if you have any questions, or just need help locating your main shut off. We’re available anytime 24/7. We’re your NEXT best friend. We’re here when you need us!