You may think you know the technicalities of your house well but if you really go to analyze every wire and pipe in the structure of your house, you will be surprised at what you find. Pay attention to safety features and how you can turn off the power and water supply in case of emergencies. Although it is best to seek professional help in such plumbing emergencies, simply knowing how to turn off the supply of water and power will save you a lot of damage.
Where can a leak occur in your home?
- Appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators and dish washers are connected to water supply and can produce a leak anytime. If you think any of these appliances are leaking, turn off the water valve behind them. Study these supply lines when you can so that in times of emergencies you know exactly what to do and you can act fast.
- Underneath bathroom and kitchen sinks, leaks and clogs are very common. In this situation also, study the pipes and valves and know beforehand which one is the main valve to stop the water supply to the sinks.
- Water pipes located anywhere in your home can end up in a leak, crack, clog or may just burst out. If the pipe is located within the structure of your home and you cannot find which pipe is broken, it is best to turn off the main valve that supplies water to the entire house. These are often located on the street, garage or garden around your house. Locate these ahead of time before the emergency occurs.
By doing your homework while everything is functioning normally, you are prepared in advance and can act faster in times of an emergency.