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Why Knowing Your Shut-Off Valves Is So Important (And Where To Find Them)

When one thinks of leaks in their plumbing system, they often imagine small drops of water falling from pipes. However, it is important to know that, when it comes to leaks, this is not always the case. In fact, if a pipe bursts or there is another plumbing fixture malfunction, water can come gushing out at large amounts very quickly. At these moments, it is imperative that a homeowner knows where both the fixture shut-off and main water shut-off valves are, so that they can turn them off immediately. Here is where to find fixture shut-off valves, as well as the main line.  

The Sink’s Shut-Off Valve 

If you look underneath your sink, which should be accessible in a cabinet below, you will see a small valve. This shut-off valve can be turned to stop a leaking sink before any more water damage can be done. 

The Washing Machine Shut-Off Valve

There are usually two valves behind a washing machine. If you turn these two valves clockwise, it will stop water from flowing in case of an emergency. Water can start gushing out of a washing machine very quickly—this valve will stop the flow dead in its tracks. 

The Toilet’s Shut-Off Valve

If you inspect the bottom of the toilet bowl around where it connects to the wall, you will likely see a little valve. Just like the valves listed above, a counterclockwise turn is what is needed for the valve to do its job and stop the water flow. 

The Main Water Shut-Off Valve

If leaks happen anywhere else besides your fixtures, it is time to shut off the main water shut-off valve. Every member of the household should be aware of the location of this valve. This valve is most often located around the perimeter of a house, and not in a more centralized location. It is almost always found in the basement or on the first floor 

It is important to remember that any size leak can lead to water damage very quickly. If the plumbing in your Citrus Heights home needs attention, contact the experts at Flowrite Plumbing today.


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