Tuesday, September 5, 2017

How to Exercise the Emergency Shut Offs & Valves in Plumbing Systems

Every home has shut off valves, and each one of those valves should be exercised every few months. These shut off valves go to your sinks, toilets, water heater, and your main water supply. To clarify, by “exercise” we mean that the valve should be closed and opened. Testing the operation of each valve in your home is important to ensure there are no leaks at the valve point and the valve is functioning properly. Another important reason to test valves by opening and closing them is to remove any mineral deposits and other sediment, making it less likely the valve becomes sealed or difficult to operate.

Knowing where your shut off valves are located is key so you can prevent serious water damage in case you have a leak in your plumbing system. In addition to shut off valves under your sinks and toilets, and attached to your water heater, your water meter typically has a shut off valve on either side of it. The valve on the house-side of the meter is meant for homeowners to use. By testing shut off valves periodically you are ensuring the valves are not stuck or compromised in any way, which can save you from experiencing unnecessary problems down the road should you encounter a water leak or other emergency.

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