As a homeowner, you likely understand how to clean and maintain its most basic systems: windows, doors, appliances, etc. However, it is also important you understand the basics of your home's plumbing system.
Because knowing the basics of your plumbing system can help save you money. It can also come in handy should you encounter a crisis.
If you don't already, make sure you know these three things about your home's plumbing system:
1. The Shut Off Valve
Every homeowner should know where the shut off valve is for their water—and how to turn it off. If a leaky pipe occurs—or a plumbing mishap happens—you can prevent your home from flooding.
In most homes, the shut off valve is located at the entry point of the home (where the pipes enter the home) which is usually located in the back of the house. However, the valve may also be located inside.
If you do know where it is, make sure you know to operate the valve safely. For utmost safety, turn the valve slowly as it may be old, or the water pressure may be very high. If you don't know where it is, ask your plumber to help you find it—and while you're at it, ask for a demo on how to turn it on and off.
2. Reading the Meter
Another thing you may want to brush up on are your reading skills. If you want to know how much water you are using and monitor it, make sure you know how to read a water meter. Knowing how to read your water meter will also help prevent you from being overbilled.
The water meter will look similar to an electrical meter. Look at the black numbers of the left side of the meter; it will look like a car odometer. Write down the number you see and re-visit the meter again a day or week later. Compare the number to determine how much water you are using—or if you have a leak.
3. Stopping Water
Finally, make sure you know how to shut off water to specific items in your home such as the water heater. Even if an appliance or your water heater have a problem, you can still safely use the water-based appliances in the rest of your home—if the problem is isolated.
For the water heater, visit the water heater and turn off the power. Once the power is off, turn the valve that is titled "supply." Attach a hose to the bottom spigot and turn the valve to drain the water—make sure the hose leads to a bucket or outside. Finally, open the valve titled "relief."
Knowing these three things about your home's plumbing system can help you save money, stay safe, and detect a leak early. If you do not know how to operate or locate your homes basic plumbing features, consult with a plumber for help.Share
9 March 2015
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