Where is the Shut–Off Valve?

Posted on by Branch Contractors

As the cold, bitter winter steadily approaches, so does the need to carry out a few housekeeping or house-protecting preparations. Throughout this winter season, we will blog “thoughts to ponder” and “winter readiness tips” you can perform so that you are in a better position to prevent a problem should the cold weather result in damages to your home.

Let’s start small, but important … Let’s say that your water line should freeze, burst, and send water pouring over your floor. Perhaps something less dramatic, such as a simple leaking water heater, should occur.  What would you do to keep things from getting worse?  I know that everyone is saying the first thing to do is call Branch, and although I appreciate that, there are many things that you can do to lessen the damage until we arrive. One of those steps being: STOP THE WATER. As simple as that may seem, many people have no idea where the shut-off valve for their home or office is located. If you do, when was the last time you actually tested it to make sure it was not seized or fragile, or about to break? If it is at the water meter, do you have a tool to turn the valve?  This is serious business! Countless times we arrive on the scene of a water damage call, and the water is steadily flowing because the tenant or owner had no idea how to simply turn off the water. Suddenly, that small job just turned into a major project.

Consider this: If you are not sure where to start or would like a more accessible and easier valve option, call us and we can assist you.

Are you ready at a moment’s notice to turn the water off?

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