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Why Is Knowing Your Water Shut-Off Valve Location Important?

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

It is estimated that approximately $49 billion will be lost by businesses due to some kind of flood every year. For homeowners, the cost can also be phenomenal, especially if flood insurance isn't in place. Can all of that cost be averted by knowing the location of the water shut-off valve? No. But if an interior flood occurs due to a home’s or commercial building’s water system, shutting off the supply promptly can save a lot of money on water damage and cleanup.

Water Shut-Off Valves: What Are They?

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/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.

  • 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 would develop 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 Water 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

If you are unsure as to where your main water shut-off is (in your home or office), check out the property inspection report if you have it handy.

Didn't Get to Your Water Shut-Off in Time? Let Us Help with Cleanup and Restoration!

At SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, we handle all types of cleanup and restoration jobs. That includes residential homes and commercial locations. If your home or business was flooded with excess water – whether it was from a fresh source, a natural disaster, fire, or some other cause – we can help. What's more, we offer 24-hour emergency service and we'll get there faster than anyone else. We know you need help and you need it in a hurry. That's why we are leaders in our industry.

It doesn't matter whether you require commercial clean-up/restoration services or residential clean-up/restoration services, we’re the ones to call. Contact us at 201-656-0035 with any questions you may have (fax: 201-656-0037).

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