Of all the things that can go wrong with your plumbing in Boise, the worst is when a pipe bursts or you have a major leak, and water pours into your home. Water may seem harmless when it’s coming from a shower head in a fine mist, but when it’s gushing from a pipe onto your furniture and flooring, thousands of dollars of damages can occur. You can take many steps to prevent these emergencies from occurring, but nothing is foolproof. Fortunately, there is one way to prepare your home to mitigate the damage such an event can cause; make sure that certain people know where the water main shut-off valve is and how to operate it. Getting to this valve quickly can minimize the damages to your home, so make sure that this information is shared.
The first person who should know where the water main shut-off valve is located and how to operate it is the homeowner. It is best to learn this location when purchasing your home, but if you didn’t think to ask, there are other ways of locating it. The valve controlling water to the entire house will be located next to the meter, which will either be along a wall in the basement in cold climates, or along the outside of the house or in an underground box in warmer climates. Once you’ve located the valve, try it out to make sure it works as designed.
Whether you live in a home with your family or with unrelated roommates or house mates, it is important that they all know where the water main valve is located. You never know when the least informed of your house mates is left home alone and might need to use this information, and every second it takes them to make a phone call to ask is another second that water will accumulate and wreak havoc on your personal property.
If you’re going to be away from your home for a while and you have someone house sit for you, make sure they know how to turn off your water in case something goes wrong. You already probably have a list of information to give to them about feeding pets, getting the mail, and other useful tidbits, so just add your plumbing information to that list.
If there is any other person who could find themselves alone in your home for a prolonged period of time (a day or more), they should know what to do in case of a major emergency like broken pipes and major leaks.
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