The automatic shut-off valve is an important part of the plumbing in your home. It is a safety device designed to prevent a broken pipe or plumbing issue from unleashing water into your home. It is important you know where your shut-off valve is located and that you regularly check it for leaks.
As new homes are built, they are required to install a main water shut-off valve inside the home. Generally, this will be located near where the water service line enters the home. Older homes may not have an interior shut-off valve; a professional plumber can install one for you.
During an emergency or plumbing repair, shutting off the water using the inside valve is important. This allows you to shut off the water to the entire house. Your home will also have shut off valves for things such as your irrigation system and exterior taps. In an older home, shut off valves are generally round. Newer homes have valves with a lever, which are less prone to leakage.
Is your water shut-off valve dripping water? If it is, this can be a sign of a larger plumbing issue that extends beyond the valve itself. Generally, standard gate valves are prone to leaking, damage and corrosion. In this case, we will often recommend replacement with a ball-valve, designed to last longer, be more durable and be less likely to leak.
DIY Instructions to Quick-Fix a Shut-Off Valve Water Leak
- Using a wrench, try to tighten the packing night
- Try adding additional packing material to the packing nut
- Try replacing the packing washer
If the valve is still leaking water, it could be time to call in a plumber to replace the valve.
A leaky valve may seem like a simple problem to fix; however, often these simple jobs can turn into a major hassle.
If your shut off valve is leaking or corroded, it may be time for a replacement since this is a very important aspect of your entire plumbing system. As a full-service plumbing company, we can help mitigate the damage caused by plumbing issues like a leaky toilet. We’d love to hear from you so give us a call at 972-342-3709.