Frozen pipes are among the most common plumbing problems during the Colorado winter. This is especially common in pipes that are exposed to extreme temperatures. As water pressure builds up inside the pipe, this causes the pipe to burst eventually.
When this happens, you need to act fast. Otherwise, the floors surrounding the area may become flooded. Depending on the severity and location of the pipe damage, a burst pipe may damage your floors, belongings, and even your walls.
Since the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for plumbers, it may take a while before a Erie plumber reaches your home. It is important that you know where your main water shutoff valve is located so as to prevent further damage in emergency situations such as this.
Locate main water valve
If you live in a place with a colder climate, you might want to start looking inside the house. The crawlspace, utility room, and basement are good places to start looking. The valve may be located inside your garage, near your water heater, in the basement or in an outside wall in a utility area in your home. Look for where your Erie plumbing enters the home. If you can’t find it inside the house, try to look outside. It should be very close to your water meter. For those who live in warmer climates, the shut-off valve is usually located outside.
Recognize your valve
There are 2 main types of shutoff valves – Gate valve and ball valve. These are the types of valves you will find in most homes in the country.
Gate valves usually last for several years and are very reliable. However, they take a little more effort to close and can become stiff with age. If you find yourself struggling to fully close the valve or require the use of a tool to turn it, consider having it replaced before a plumbing emergency arise.
Ball valves are very trustworthy. Plus, the handles are easier to turn. To close the valve, give the handle a simple quarter turn until it becomes perpendicular to the body. To open, turn the handle until it is positioned parallel to the body.