Do You Know Where Your ………

We’d probably finish the question with ‘children are?”   Legitimate question, right?  As parents we need to keep track of our kids for their safety (or maybe your car?) and for our peace of mind – where are they going, who are they going with, what time are they getting home?  We ask because we care and don’t want any harm to come to them (or your car!).

We could also fill in the blank with ‘SOV’s’.  SOV’s?  What are those?  SOV’s are ‘shut off valves’.  How did you go from kids to shut off valves? Just as you care about the safety of your kids, you care about the safety and care of your home – that is where the shut off valves come in.

Recently I had two phone calls from home owners in need of HELP!  HELP #1! – my exterior faucet handle broke off in my hand and the water is running everywhere!   HELP #2! – I tried to disconnect my ice maker line for my fridge and water is gushing everywhere!   My first question to these frantic people was – do you know where your main shut off valve is?  In both cases the answer was – NO! 

It is important that you know the location of all the shut off valves in your home but ESPECIALLY the main shut off valve.   In both situations the homeowner could have turned the water off to the house keeping the mess and damage to a minimum.    The main valve is generally in the utility room near the water heater and/or furnace, etc.  Other shut off valves are on the hot and cold water lines to the water heater; they also might be on the hot and cold water lines to the sinks and laundry tub, the tub & shower and/or shower faucets, and the cold water lines to the dishwasher, ice maker line, the toilet and the exterior faucets.  These valves make repairs easier without having to shut off the water to the entire house – especially if you must wait a day or so before the repairs can be made. 

Those two customers?  They know where their main valves are now.  When you call Aaron Kramer Plumbing (937-898-0008) for a plumbing repair ask the technician to show you where all these valves are and ask that they be labelled with a tag.  If there are no shut off valves, consider having them installed.  Ask if they can be done while the technician is there or call to schedule a future appointment for their installation. 

Your children and your car?  Sorry, can’t help you with those!