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Plumbing and Prevention: Tested Your Water Shut off Valves Lately?

Posted by Agentis on May 16, 2017 12:11:00 PM

Stop a leak from doing further damage by turning it off at the source 

Whether it’s a leak from the washing machine, toilet, or sink, you can stop it at the source and save yourself from major water damage. All it takes is a little preparation.


 Toliet Water Shut Off Valve

When a water heater, or toilet, or sink leaks, it’s easy to cut it off at the source by turning off the flow at the fixture. They’re easy to find, but you need to make sure they are working properly. 

Shut a leak off at the fixture

If the toilet is leaking, find the valve (generally located on the wall) and turn it to a full stop. If it’s a sink faucet, you’ll likely be able to spot it quickly as well.  Washing machine valves are generally located behind the machine. (Curious to know why your water bill is so high? It could be the result of a water leak.)

Test the water shut-off valves before an emergency

When was the last time you turned off a shut-off valve? It’s possible that some of them have not been moved for years. Test them now. Make sure they function properly. If they are stuck, better to find out now and free them so they work in the event of a plumbing emergency.

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Topics: Shut Off Valve, Water Leak, Plumbing


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