One of the most important things to know about the plumbing in your home is the location of your water shut off valve. That’s because this valve controls the water flow to the entire house. If you find your home being flooded, you need to know where the water shut off is so you can prevent serious water damage. Or, maybe you notice your water bills have increased and you think you may have a leak, shutting off the water and calling a plumber to locate and take care of it will be less money and water wasted for you. No matter the season, you can mitigate water damage by knowing where your shut off is and how to turn it off/on.
Places to Look for Your Water Shut Off
Below is a list of some of the common places to look for your home’s water shut off. It is often located near the front of the house on an interior wall, where the water comes in from the water meter. However, if it’s not found in any of the places listed, it might be in the water meter box itself near the street. Accessing the meter box may require extra tools, and caution not touch anything on the city side.
- Utility Room
- Crawl Space
What a Water Shut Off Looks Like
There are two main kinds of valves that are used for the water shut off: ball valves and gate valves. A ball valve looks like a lever; you need to turn it perpendicular to turn off the water. The photo shows the ball valve position for the water turned on. Gate valves are circular and you turn them clockwise to discontinue the water.
How To Prevent Water Damage
FLO by Moen, is a great way to prevent water damage and catch leaks early. The device is installed on the main water line and functions as the shut off. A much smarter one of course, since it can automatically shuts off the water if it senses abnormal activity. For instance, if you’re out of town and forget to shut the water off, you can have peace of mind that FLO will if necessary. You can also see your home’s water pressure, temperature, etc. on the app, no matter where you are. And we’re happy to remind you that we are offering $100 OFF a FLO installation! You can call (360)216-0899 to learn more.
What you need to have FLO installed:
- Power Supply
- Smart Phone (to be able to use the app)
Simpson Plumbing: Your Local Plumber in Camas
Our team at Simpson Plumbing is here to help you take care of your home. We’re not here to just fix plumbing issues; we’re here to make important plumbing knowledge accessible to you as a homeowner. So that you can take the necessary steps to prevent plumbing disasters. As always, don’t hesitate to give us all if you have any questions or if you have any plumbing concerns.