Most of us have several taps and shutoffs in our home and businesses. There is one tap however, that is the most important and we should all know exactly where it is.
This tap is the first one in line after the water main comes into your premises. Often it is right beside the water meter. This tap/shutoff is the main line of defence when something goes wrong with your plumbing, faucets and shutoffs. By shutting this off, you effectively prevent any new water coming into your home from the municipality.
If you live in an older home, your shutoff may look like the one featured in this image to the left. Many times we’ve seen this stop operating over time – either they won’t close properly or they fail to open once they’ve been closed.
We highly recommend you (and everyone in your home) knows where this shutoff is in case of emergency. It can save on repair bills if you ever have a pipe burst.
Take a look at your shutoff and see if it an older style valve. If it is, consider replacing it with a new and more reliable ball valve shutoff (pictured on right). Chasles Plumbing Professionals can replace old water shutoffs – they are quick and inexpensive upgrades and can save you a tremendous amount of pain and suffering down the road.
To get a quote of book an appoint for a replacement. Call our office at (519) 240-0077 or send us an e-mail.
*Important Tip: if you are leaving your home unattended for vacation/business for an extended period of time, we recommend that you shut the water main off if possible.