The Mystery of the Shutoff Valve
Turning off the water supply is often the first step no matter your plumbing catastrophe. First, however, you’ll want to know what you are looking at. There are multiple water shutoff points throughout your house – a main and many axillaries.
You can think of the main water valve as a central train station that all trains have to pass. Every drop of water that is piped into your home goes through it before reaching the final destination. This valve is generally located in your basement or outside your home.
If you switch this central control valve off – no trains will reach the station (ie. none of your faucets, toilets or showers will function).
Each one of your appliances, be it a washing machine, toilet or sink, will most likely have an auxiliary shutoff control. These are often located near the floor and all you have to do is give it a twist to turn off the water to that specific area. These can be incredibly helpful — like shutting down one train station as opposed to stopping the whole line if you have a small repair — like a broken rail or, you know, a leaky toilet.
After you turn off the water, give us a call at Waldman Plumbing! We offer comprehensive residential and commercial plumbing services to customers in Lynn, MA and surrounding areas. Our expert plumbers are available for consultation to discuss your home’s specific needs. Contact us today at 781.780.3184.