EMERGENCY SHUT-OFF VALVES
you wish to perform your own plumbing maintenance using the
information we provide on this website, please be advised that
Old School Plumbing cannot be
held responsible for any work not performed by our own
Failure to contract any plumbing work to a licensed master plumber could
result in serious bodily injury or death.
You probably don’t think about your plumbing system
very often. After all, it’s not a very exciting subject and as long as
it is working, there is really nothing to think about, right? Wrong!
Understanding a few basic facts about how your plumbing system works and
what to do in case of a pipe break or system backup can prevent plumbing
headaches and even property loss in the future. First, the location of
the main water shut-off is important to know. If a pipe breaks and is
flooding your house, the main water supply may be the fastest way to
shut off the flow of water. As your plumbing system enters your home
either through a municipal water supply or private well you will find a
main shut-off at the municipal water supply meter or the pressure tank
of a private well.
You should also find shut-off valves inside your home. Newer homes will
have emergency shut-off valves for every fixture and appliance. However,
in some cases older homes do not have these shut-offs and owners should
plan to have them installed.
One of the most common causes of water damage to a home is a broken
washing machine hose. Most rubber supply hoses are not meant to
withstand constant water pressure and can burst, so the emergency shut
off valves to your washing machine should be shut off when the washing
machine is not in use—and especially when you will not be home for an
Also, it is our suggestion that you throw out those light-duty rubber supply hoses
and replace them with heavy duty washing machine
fill hoses. You can find these at your local hardware store, or simply
call us at (954) 735-7278 and we’ll do it for