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9 February 2016

Preventing Leaky Water Valves

Preventing Leaky Water Valves

When was the last time you opened or closed the water shutoff valves in your home? Better yet, would you even be able to locate them in an emergency? Colder weather is making its way back into town after an unseasonably warm couple of weeks and it can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. If any pipes happen to freeze or spring a leak, you'll want to be sure that you can get that water turned off as quickly as possible to minimize any damage.

When it comes to minimizing water damage to your home, a little bit of maintenance goes a long way. If the shutoff valves sit too long in one position they stiffen up in place or worse, begin to leak themselves and do not shut off completely. But whether a leak occurs from a frozen pipe, high water pressure in the home, old age or a water heater reaching the end of its lifespan now is the time to be preventive.

Whether you need to turn the water off to a single toilet, sink, water heater or the entire house because of a leak, there’s nothing worse than the valve not budging or leaking itself. Now you are dealing with two leaks and the possibility of even more water damage occurring to your home.

To prevent this problem from happening in the first place, we recommend opening and closing each and every valve in the house so there's a better chance of them working properly when you need them to. If any of them begin to leak or are frozen in the open position, it’s vital to have them replaced immediately.

Keep in mind the importance of individual toilet, sink and water heater valves. Just because you use the main valve to shut the water to the entire house, don’t forget about “the little guys”. By being sure these secondary valves are working, you can stop water from leaking without turning off the water to the entire home.

If your water heater, pipes inside a wall, toilets or sinks begin leaking and your valves malfunction, no matter the circumstances The Good Guys at Three Way Plumbing are here to help! Just give us a call at 704-795-9349 for expert repairs and services in the Charlotte Metro Area.


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