The Shutoff ValveEvery home has its own shutoff valve, which sits in the water line somewhere between the home and the city water main (or a well, if that’s the source of your water.) The point of this shutoff valve is to control the flow of all water into the home. If there is a problem, like a pipe bursting and gushing water all over the floor, the idea is that you can shut the valve and prevent further water damage while waiting for repairs. Now, this is a pretty great idea, but it does have a few flaws:
- The location of the shutoff valve is not standardized, which means it could be in any one of a half-dozen different places in each home. If you don’t already know where it is, you really don’t want to run around looking for it in case of an emergency.
- The shutoff valve is manual, under normal circumstances. That means that if you aren’t there to activate it when something goes wrong, it might as well not be there.
Magnolia Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers automatic shutoff valve services in Springfield, VA.