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How to Safely Shut Off Your Sewage and Water in an Emergency

Water is a wonderful thing. You already know that it sustains life and that you depend on a healthy supply in order to survive. Beyond that, you are aware that you depend on a good flow of water into your home in order to make life more comfortable and accommodating. Your sewer depends on it. You use water to take a shower, wash the dishes, take care of the laundry, and so much more. In fact, you grow to depend on a dependable supply of water in your home so much that you might not even know what to do in the event of an emergency. That might happen at some point, and you will need to stop the flow of water into your home. Here is how to safely accomplish that.

Know Where the Main Shut Off Valve Is

This is something that you will hopefully have done before the emergency strikes. Look for where the shutoff valve to your sewer and water supply is located. This will help you in the event that an emergency arises and you need to stop the flow of water right away.

Gather Up the Tools You Need

You might need some tools to actually turn the shutoff valve. This is especially true in older homes. A plumbing and sewage specialist can help you with this, so consider consulting with them the next time you have a need. Once you locate the shutoff valve, you will be able to find out what tools you should have available and on hand.

Turn Off the Valve

This is an important step. Get that valve turned off as quickly as possible, but make sure that you do it correctly. Keep in mind that some valves only need to be given a quarter turn, so don’t go further than that. If you have a lever type of valve, keep in mind that when the lever is aligned with the pipe, then water is still able to flow.

Make Sure the Flow of Water Has Really Stopped

Go back to your sinks and make sure that the water is no longer flowing. Do not forget this step, as you want to be certain that you have shut it off correctly. Once that is the case, you can go on with figuring out what the problem is in the first place.

In an emergency, you do not have a second to waste. Planning ahead for an emergency like this can save you a lot of money of headache as you avoid a potential flood situation. That is the goal, so be proactive and ready in the event that you need to shut off your sewage and water in the midst of an emergency.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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