Have you ever had a ruptured pipe flood an entire floor of your home? If not, trust us when we say that it’s an all-around horrible experience. Any kind of plumbing emergency can cause all kinds of water damage if it isn’t dealt with as quickly as possible. You’re probably going to need a professional plumber to handle most emergency plumbing problems, but that doesn’t mean that you are completely helpless when it comes to preventing them. One of the best way to make sure that your home is protected from plumbing problems is to install an automatic shutoff valve in your water line.
What an Automatic Shutoff Valve Does
So, what exactly is an automatic shutoff valve supposed to do to protect your home? Well, the valve is a system that sits in your water line, and measures the pressure of your entire plumbing system. If the pressure suddenly shifts in a way that it shouldn’t, like if a pipe ruptures, the valve will automatically close the water line. This will cut off the flow of water throughout the house, limiting the amount of water damage the problem can cause until a professional can repair the issue.
Why You Need An Automatic Shutoff Valve
If you’ve had any experience with plumbing problems that required shutting off the water in your home, you may know that all homes have a manual water shutoff valve already. Why would you need a second valve if you’ve already got one that does the same thing, then? Well, because it doesn’t actually do the same thing. In order to use the manual water shutoff valve to protect your home, a couple of prerequisites need to be met.
First, you need to actually be in the home to use the manual water shutoff valve. If you’re at work, or on vacation, you obviously can’t be there to close the valve when something goes wrong. The second thing is that you need to actually know where the manual water shutoff valve is in order to use it. Most people don’t actually know where their home’s water shutoff valve is, and the location is not standardized for all homes. You don’t want to be running all over the place looking for the valve while a large leak turns part of your home into a swamp. This is why you want to have an automatic shutoff valve instead. Whether you’re there or not, the valve will protect your home from plumbing problems.
So, if you don’t already have an automatic shutoff valve installed in your home, what are you waiting for? Contact a professional today and schedule your installation appointment. You can save yourself a lot of time, money, and frustration in the long run.