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Where is the Shut-Off Valve and Why You Should Know It’s Location

8/24/2023 (Permalink)

If you live in a single-family home, you should know where your shut-off valve is. Why? Knowing where the shut-off valve is can save your home from a flood and a lot of water damage. If you're experiencing a burst pipe or any other kind of plumbing issues that is causing flooding in your home, shutting off the valve will stop the water before it gets out of hand.

What Are Water Shut-Off Valves?

The knob or handle that allows you to shut down the water supply is referred to as a shut-off valve. It can be applied to an entire property or a specific area of a home or building. To avoid thousands of dollars in cleanup and repairs, knowing how to shut off the water supply in a timely manner is crucial.

Why Should You Know the Location?

There are several reasons for wanting to know where a water supply shut-off is located. These include:

  • If work needs to be done on a fixture, supply pipe, etc., the water supply must first be shut off.
  • If the building is going to be vacated for a considerable amount of time, shutting off the water supply is a good idea. If a pipe would burst or a water tank develops a leak, having the water shut off will help avoid costlier, excessive damages.
  • To avoid complications, knowing the location of a shut-off valve will be extremely useful in the case of a plumbing emergency. Plumbers often find soaking towels or filled buckets under leaks because no one knew how to shut off the water.

Where Is Your Shut-Off Valve?

Though these kinds of valves can be found in many places, here are some common locations:

  • Next to a water heater
  • Under a sink/toilet
  • Near a water meter, outdoors
  • In the basement or at ground level
  • On the perimeter wall of a building

Need Water Damage Restoration?

When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

SERVPRO Team Harvey is skilled and experienced in water damage restoration. We have a process that is typically the same, even though every water damage event is a little different. Our process includes:

  • Emergency Contact - The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask you several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.
  • Inspection and Water Damage Assessment - We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.
  • Water Removal/Water Extraction - The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.
  • Drying and Dehumidification - We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing - We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.
  • Restoration - Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall or installing new carpets, or may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

About SERVPRO Team Harvey

SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City is proudly owned by Lance and Jennifer Harvey - a husband and wife duo that owns three other SERVPRO locations, including SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, SERVPRO of West Somerset County, and SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel.

We understand the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it “like it never even happened.”

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