It’s Friday and you and your family are coming home from an evening where you had a wonderful dinner with your spouse and children. Driving home after a movie, you are looking forward to finally ending the week and getting an opportunity to relax and catch up on a few television shows you had recorded on the DVR. The kids are asleep in the back and you and your spouse are engaging in a pleasant conversation. “Wow”, you think to yourself, “life seems great!”
Finally you arrive at home, wake up the kids and walk to your front door. As you approach you get an unsettled feeling like something is wrong. Placing the key in the lock you hear the sound of running water and start to panic. The scene is horrifying once your open your front door! Water is pouring from what remained of your foyer ceiling and flooding your home causing extreme water damage.
Plumbing emergencies in Orlando can happen anytime – day or night. The emergency can be from a burst water pipe, a sewer stoppage which causes your toilets to overflow or a frozen pipe that you fear will break at any moment.
Every homeowner should know that there are two important valves located in every Orlando home. First and foremost, the main water valve. Usually located in the basement next to the water meter or perhaps behind an access panel on your main floor. Secondly, your water heater shut off valve. These two valves should be tested periodically, once a year is ok. If you are unsure of the location of these valves, call your local Orlando plumber.
In the above example, the homeowner can get immediate satisfaction and relief when the main water shut off valve is closed. It will stop the flow in incoming water from the Orlando Water District from going into your plumbing system and thus stopping the flow of water from the ceiling. The next step would be to call your local Orlando plumber.
The second important valve is usually located near your water heater. This valve, located on the cold water supply line, regulates the flow of incoming cold water to your heater. The opposite water supply line is the hot line. In the plumbing emergency where you have a leak coming from your water heater, closing this valve will stop the flow of water being supplied to the water heater.
While a plumbing emergency in Orlando is an unfortunate occurrence, you can take steps to minimize your property damage and flooding. If you are unsure where these valves are located, please take a moment to call your local Orlando plumber and schedule an appointment. Most Orlando plumbers will even place a valve tag on these valves for east identification. Likewise, if, during a periodic inspection should these valves develop a leak, call your Orlando plumber at once.
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