SOMEBODY SHUT THE WATER OFF!!!
Water damage can be devastating and expensive to repair. Nobody gives the main water shut off valve much thought until there’s a leak. Does everyone in your home know how to shut the water off in an emergency? When water is spraying like Old Faithful from a broken waterline or faucet is not the time to try and find the main valve then discover it is inoperable. The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” fits perfectly in this situation.
Take a minute to locate your main shut off valve. Does it have a “wheel” style handle (gate valve) or a lever handle (ball valve)? If it has a wheel style handle it is older and the chances of it failing when you really need are much greater. Have it replaced with a ball valve. The ball valve only takes a quarter of a turn to shut off completely and is much more reliable than the old gate valve. Replacing your main valve is not expensive and averages about $85 to $100 provided there are no complications.
A good plumbing company will make arrangements with the city water department to shut the water off at the curb for you and the whole ordeal should only take about an hour or so. Folks on a well system can simply shut off the breaker in the electrical box for the well pump (make sure the breakers are marked). We’ve had many a customer that can attest to the fact that an hour of your time and a $100 bill is a good investment to avoid water pouring out of a kitchen light fixture from a upstairs bathroom leak because the only thing scarier than an out of control water leak is an out of control water leak with an electrical fixture involved.
Now that you have the main shut off valve located and tested or replaced, hang a big colorful tag on it that says “MAIN WATER SHUT OFF” and take a minute to show the entire family where it is and how to operate it so if a water emergency arises everyone will know what to do.
Submitted by New Philly Plumbing LLC (Oh Lic #45622). New Philly Plumbing is experienced, licensed, bonded and fully insured offering friendly service, quality work at affordable prices. Reach us at 330.343.4211. We are your neighborhood plumber!