Learn how to shut off your water meter to your house
Mississauga plumbers from John The Plumber want to give you some free advice on how to shut your water meter off in an emergency. Often times, before calling any plumbers, the first thing that needs to happen in a plumbing emergency is to shut off your water meter. Depending on the severity of the flood risk you’re facing, getting that main water valve off as quickly as possible is imperative. Many of my plumbing customers ask me “how do I turn off the main valve?” This article aims to arm you with this information.
The first question most people ask me is, “where is my my main plumbing valve located?” Your main plumbing valve is located on the street side of your house (most times that means the front of your home), in the basement. Sometimes it is hidden in built out boxes, within walls, or behind your furnace, but if you remain committed, you will find it. Another trick to finding it, is to follow the cold water pipe that goes into your hot water tank. If you can see the cold water line, you will be able to follow it back to your water meter.
Our plumbers in Missisauga advise to familiarize yourself with your water meter
In the image above, there is an arrow pointing to one of the shutoff valves. If there is a plumbing valve before and after the water meter, our Mississauga plumbers recommend turning off the valve on the house side of the water meter. If there is only one valve, then it doesn’t matter if it’s located behind or in front of the water meter. Our Mississauga plumbers say that turning the valve clockwise will shut it off.
Sometimes turning an old valve will cause the packing in the valve to leak. This drip often comes out of the top of the handle, and most times it isn’t severe enough to worry about. If this happens to you when you shut it off, don’t panic. When one of our plumbers arrives, he can fix this at the same time as whatever plumbing emergency you are dealing with. If you are in need of plumbers in Mississauga, give us a call at 289-430-5562.