In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the basics on why it’s vital to know about your home’s plumbing shut-off valves, particularly your main valve. These valves play an important role in preventing damage and safety risks during any kind of plumbing emergency, and even if such emergencies are extremely unlikely, being prepared for them just in case is a must.
At City Creek Plumbing, we’re happy to assist clients around Layton and Kaysville with all their basic plumbing needs, from simple plumbing repairs to dedicated installations and more. While part one of our series discussed the main shut-off valve and how to find it, today’s part two will dig into individual shut-off valves commonly found on other plumbing fixtures – plus where to find them and how to utilize them if needed.
The most commonly-used individual shut-off valve is the one found on toilets. It’s usually located directly below or behind the toilet – either in a narrow space between the wall and tank, or tucked away near where the supply line enters from the wall.
If you’re unsure whether your toilet has one of these valves or not, a good way to find out is by flushing it – if the water keeps running after the flush has finished, you likely have one. To shut off the water supply to your toilet in an emergency, simply turn the knob or valve clockwise until no more water seeps out of it.
Sinks and Faucets
Individual shut-off valves are also found on most kitchen and bathroom sinks, and on the corresponding faucets. These can usually be found near where the supply line enters from the wall – just below or behind the fixture itself. Turning that knob counter-clockwise will shut off its individual water supply, stopping any further water leakage.
These sink and faucet setups are relatively standard and will likely have a shut-off valve in place. If you recently had one of these fixtures installed, however, and the supply line doesn’t lead back to any obvious shut-off valve on the wall – it’s possible there was none included for whatever reason.
Another shut-off valve commonly found in homes is the one that supplies water to a washing machine. In many cases, this will be connected directly to the main shut-off valve – but it might also have its very own individual shut-off point as well.
If you’re not sure where yours is located, take a look at the cold supply line where it enters the wall or floor near your washer. There should be a valve somewhere nearby, either directly outside of the machine’s rear panel or on the supply line itself.
With the right shut-off valves in place, you’ll be prepared to tackle any plumbing emergency with confidence. No matter what kind of fixtures or appliances you might have, knowing how they all work – and having easy access to their respective individual shut-offs – is essential for safety and peace of mind.
At City Creek Plumbing, we’re here whenever you need help with any kind of plumbing maintenance or repair. Plus, our technicians are more than happy to show you where all the shut-off valves in your home are, as well as how to use them if need be – so don’t hesitate to reach out today!