Shut It Off | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Shut It Off | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Knowing where your plumbing shut off valve is located helps if your house has sprung a leak. Calling Billy the Sunshine Plumber will get that leak fixed.

You were headed out to work the other morning when you noticed a plumber’s truck outside one of your neighbor’s homes. When you got home, you wandered over to find out what had happened. Turned out your neighbor had a leak that turned into a flood because he did not know where the house’s shut off valve was located. The leak kept flowing until….well, until a lot of floors, walls and furniture got wet. It was a real mess.

Knowing where your plumbing shutoff valves are located is one of the best things you can do as a homeowner, according to Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie’s List: “If a pipe bursts and starts spraying water all over your house, you’re going to want to know where your home’s emergency water shut-off valve is. ‘The water system is one of the most important things in your home. … In case of a water-related emergency, the first step is typically to get the water shut off as quickly as possible. Familiarizing yourself with your system can save you time and money and avoid costly repairs from water damage.'”

Thespruce.com points out that there are a couple of types of shut-off valves, so-called local valves and the main shutoff valve. The local valves are found near an appliance. For example, a local valve that shuts off the water supply to the toilet is generally found next to the toilet. A shutoff valve to the sink is generally found in the cabinet beneath the sink.

The main valve is a little trickier to find.

Shutting off the water at the cut off valve located within the house is the best option for leaks that cannot be shut off by local valves. It will cut off your home’s entire water supply, allowing you to open up any pipe within the house. The property inspection report is always the best way to locate the shut off valve. Failing that, use your detective skills to narrow down the location of the valve,” thespruce.com says. “In most cases, the shut off valve will be near the perimeter of the house. … Track a line from the water meter to the house. Go outside and stand on top of the water meter utility box. Imagine a straight line extending from that point to the nearest point on your home’s exterior perimeter. Water lines will take the shortest path to reach a house. Where that line meets your house is likely where the house’s shut-off is located.”

If that doesn’t help, thespruce.com notes that “Sometimes the shut-off valve will be located behind a plastic access panel” and, in newer homes, a PEX plumbing manifold might be the solution to your problem. “With a manifold, two large PEX pipes, one hot and one cold, are branched off to various parts of the house. Plumbing manifolds have shut off valves that can shut down water to the entire house.”

The other thing that comes in handy when your plumbing begins leaking is the name of a reliable, 24-hour Tampa Bay plumber like Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

Billy the Sunshine Plumber has been the go-to plumber for Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties since 1924. Billy the Sunshine Plumber has repaired a lot of leaks in that almost-century of business.

Billy the Sunshine Plumber is here to help you 24/7/365. Evenings, weekends, holidays, or during COVID-19 lockdownBilly the Sunshine Plumber is always here to help you.

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