Are you a brand new homeowner? Or maybe you just haven’t had any plumbing problems before and are suddenly thinking about them now. Either way, you don’t need to be an expert plumber in Peoria, AZ to know a couple of useful tips about your plumbing system. In this post, we’ll go over the location of some important fixtures as well as what not to do to your plumbing system.
Water Meter and Shut Off Valve Locations
When it comes to leaks, you can’t properly respond without knowing where these two things are. After you’ve found them, you should also make sure that everyone in the house knows where they are, too, in case of an emergency.
It’s not uncommon for leaks to be hidden by walls or under your property, in places where they aren’t visible. It can’t hide from the water meter, however, since it tracks all your water usage.
The most common locations for the water meter are:
- In the path outside your home.
- In a box outside on the wall.
- Inside your home, possibly under the sink or in the cellar.
You’ll know you’ve found it if you come across a meter with a row of numbers. This number denotes how much water is being used. To determine if you have a leak, then, you need to turn off all the water-using appliances in your home. Then, come check on the meter. If the meter is moving, it means water is flowing, and that means you have a leak somewhere.
Shut-off Valve Locations
If your leak is causing water to gush out into your home, you’ll need to find the shut-off valve. Even if the leak isn’t of catastrophic proportions, turning off the water is still a good idea.
Main Water Shut-off Valve: The shut-off valve is most likely near the perimeter of your home, not inside it. It will also be at ground level (or lower, in the rare case you have a basement), but never up upstairs. If you’re lost, the inspection report that came with the purchase of the home will point it out for you.
Fixture-Specific Shut-Off Valve: Toilets, sinks, washing machines, and other water using appliances will most likely have their own shut-off valves. Don’t waste your time trying to find the main shut-off valve if your leak is localized to these appliances.
What Not to Put Down Your Drains
Your plumbing system will have no problem doing its job for the most part. The best thing you can do for your plumbing is simply to not ruin it! That may sound harsh, but we only say it because we know it’s hard to avoid. The most common plumbing problems anyone will encounter comes from putting the wrong things down the drain.
We could give you an entire list, but the important things to know are not to put fats, oils or greases down your kitchen sink. For the bathrooms, don’t dispose of any trash down the toilets. If you stick to these principles, you most likely won’t have to deal with any clog removal services for a very long time.