It always seems as though your toilet backs up, your pipes spring a leak, or your faucet decides to stop working when you need them most, right? And then to add to the mess, it’s probably late at night, early in the morning or on the weekends when getting in touch with a plumber seems nearly impossible. Well, there are a few things every homeowner should know - and every plumber wishes you knew - so you can prevent disasters from happening in the future or at least keep the issue under control until the expert arrives.
What is your first line of defense against a plumbing leak? If you guessed “turning off the faucet or fixture closest to where the leak is located,” you are not necessarily wrong, but there’s a bit more to it than that. Understanding where your main water shut-off valve is located and why this piece of plumbing is particularly important can save you huge headaches in an unfortunate circumstance. See below to learn a bit more about your main water shut-off valve including where it’s typically located and why it can be your best friend when a pipe or fixture decides to spring a leak.
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