There is nothing like Virginia weather where you can experience all four season in the span of one week. It can be snowing today and expected to be in the 70’s tomorrow and then drop down to the 30’s over night. Us Virginia residents are all used to this crazy weather but have you ever taken the time to consider if your plumbing pipes can handle it? Did you know that these extremely inconsistent temperature changes can cause our pipes to become weak and even potentially burst?
It is common for our pipes to begin to leak due to the rise and fall of the temperature therefore it is extremely important that as a home owner or even a renter you know where your main water shut off valve is and to make sure it works. I know it becomes one more thing you have to be aware of as a home owner but this simple bit of knowledge and maintenance can save you a lot of time, money, and headache in the long run.
Once you find your main valve which is usually in a utility closet, under the kitchen sink or in the garage you should test it by shutting it off and making sure that the water stops flowing. But, this isn’t the end. Once this is done you should test all of your secondary valves which are located throughout your home to make sure those work too. Knowing where your secondary valves are means that if you do come across a leak you can isolate it by turning that one valve off too therefore preventing a greater chance of damage to the rest of the house.