Read Below or Pay Potential Water Damage Fees!
As homeowners, you are faced with many obstacles year in and year out that affect the interior and exterior of your homes. For example, every year beginning in December, temperatures begin to reach freezing level putting your pipes at risk of leakage. This may result in water damage in the walls in your home. If this happens, you may need a specialist to tear up carpet, open up walls, and decrease this will your bank account. If there were a way to manage and contain this situation would you be interested? Of course you would. It’s simple, understand and identify where your main water shutoffs are in and around your house. Take 5 minutes to read about places to look for your water shutoff valve and proper steps to control water damage by containing leakage.
Where to start the search:
Look for the shut off valve near the front foundation wall of the basement
- The shut off valve could be located in a crawl space possibly where the water lines enter basement
- Near the water heater in your house is also a typical place to look
- Behind the washing machine in your home
Steps to contain the leak:
- First find main water shutoff and turn the valve DOWN OR CLOCKWISE to shut off the water
- Open a shower or tub both hot and cold water to the highest level to relieve pressure and to ensure the pipes are completely drained
- Continue to open up all the faucets in the home to drain in other areas
- Be sure to de-energize the water heater and boiler where applicable by shutting off power to electric water heaters and all type of boiler.
As you can tell by now, the most important valve in your home is the main water shutoff valve that supplies the whole house. As a homeowner, knowing where in the house your main water shutoff is and how to properly operate this valve, will allow you to keep that unwanted pipe burst or water leak under control instead of it decreasing your bank roll. United Services understands the importance of knowing where your main water shut off valve is but the real question is, do you? To help, United Services created tags to hang on your water shutoff with our emergency number to insure the help in case of water damage. If you would like a water shut off valve mailed to you, please call United Services at 314-298-2701.