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How to turn off your main water supply

In case of a plumbing emergency, it is always a good idea to educate yourself on how (and where) to turn off your main water supply – as well as the isolation valves on your various plumbing fixtures. A ruptured line, burst pipe, or sewage backup can wreak havoc on your home and potentially cost you thousands in water damage and water bills.

In severe cold weather, the water in your pipes can freeze. When water freezes, it expands and can burst the pipe, not matter how thick or strong it may be. But, if it’s too late and the pipe has already burst, turn off your main water valve as fast as you can to prevent further damages.

Being able to contain the situation as soon as possible will greatly help with damage control and allow a wider window of time for help to arrive (if the situation calls for it). Everyone in your home should know exactly where the water shutoff valve is located and how to turn it off.

Additionally, if you are going to be away from your home for an extended period of time, it is highly recommended that you turn off the main water valve.

Where is the main water shutoff valve located?

This is the million-dollar question. Your main water shutoff valve could be located in several different areas. If you have a home with a basement and crawlspace, it is probably located on an interior wall near the front of the house, where the water comes in from the water meter. In this case, it is most likely hiding in plain sight. If your home was built on a slab, the valve might be located near the hot water heater or inside your garage.

WARNING : Never touch the pressure regulator, located just above the shutoff valve. Only a licensed plumber should adjust your water pressure.

If the valve can’t be found inside the home, the next location to check is near the end of your property line (or street) in a covered box within a “pit” underground. This is normally a cement box buried in the ground near your front curb; however, you may need a special “meter key” (available at local hardware stores, like Ace Hardware, Lowe’s, and Home Depot) to open the box.

Once you fit the meter key into the “lock,” turn it counter-clockwise, and then tilt the key toward the outer edge of the box to lift the lid open. Be careful when opening the box. Sometimes, small critters, reptiles, bugs, and other surprises are waiting for you.

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Garbage Disposal Tip: Don't pour grease or oils down your garbage disposal. It will clog up the blades and pipes. Let it coagulate and pour into a container for safe disposal.

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A plumbing tip and a lesson, what is a hose bib? Hose bibs have many names: exterior spigots, shut-off valves, silcocks and even hose hydrants. They are one of the most convenient tools on your house, providing water for landscaping, washing the car, and filling the kiddie pool. But they can also be a source of serious damage to your home, especially if they froze during the winter. We’ve shared a few tips below for a DIY assessment on bib hose health. If you should find you need a professional plumber to fix your exterior faucets, look no farther than All About Plumbing and Septic, your best choice in Asheville/Hendersonville, NC for professional plumbing service.

Look for Interior Water Damage. This may sound counter-intuitive, but if you notice a leak the first time you turn on the hose, you probably have a cracked pipe from winter temperatures. If you notice a leak, you may need a professional plumber’s aid.

Check the Hose Bib for Exterior Leaks. Besides leaky exterior faucets being a wet, messy nuisance, they can cause serious damage to the exterior, interior (or worse, the foundation!) of your home. Don’t ignore a leaky hose bib. Call us today for help.

DIY Hose Bib Spring Maintenance. If you shut off the exterior faucet water supply for winter, simply reopen the supply valves, then turn on the hose bib and watch for leaks. There are different ways homes are plumbed, so feel free to give us a call if you’re unsure what to do.

If you see a leak, try to figure out where it is coming from. Leaky handles usually call for washer replacement, and tightening the packing nut. Drippy bibs usually need the washer replaced, but if the faucet runs even when the handle is shut off, the valve seat is bad and you need to replace the entire hose bib. When leaks originate on the stem, behind the wall, the entire hose bib needs to be replaced. If DIY is a little intimidating, give us a call. We can help with all these issues.

Spring hose bib maintenance is essential for ensuring you have a properly working exterior water supply, and to prevent serious water damage issues.
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