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Wednesday, 16 September 2020 23:41

Plumbing Emergency

Plumbing emergencies can happen any time of year and can range from frozen pipes and clogged drains to sump pumps that fail to turn on, causing flooding. Because it's important to act fast when plumbing systems fail, everyone in the household should know the location of the shutoff valve for every plumbing fixture and appliance, as well as the location of the home's main shutoff valve.

Water Shutoff Valves

If a specific plumbing fixture or appliance is leaking or malfunctioning, first look for its shutoff valve and turn it clockwise to turn off the water supply just to the affected system. The shutoff valve is usually located underneath the toilet or sink. Clothes washers will have two shutoff valves, one each for hot and cold water, often located behind the appliance.

If the problem is not with a specific fixture or appliance, or you cannot locate the fixture's shutoff valve, locate the main shutoff valve to turn off the water to the entire house. The main shutoff valve will be on the inside where the main water supply pipe enters the house. Turn the valve clockwise to shut it off. If the valve is difficult to turn, keep a wrench near the valve for emergencies.

Have a plumbing emergency? Call Grand Lake Plumbing & Heating. Our professional plumbers are here to help with your plumbing emergency.

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