Temporary water shut off, what to know?

August 7th, 2023

There can be several reasons why you might need to carry out a temporary water shut off in your home. Whether it’s for making repairs, renovations, or plumbing work, there are different steps to follow to avoid potential problems related to stopping the water supply. In this article, here’s what you need to know about plumbing when you’re planning a temporary water shut off.

Shut off the Main Water Entry

Before proceeding with the temporary water shut off, it is crucial to locate and correctly shut off the main water supply to your house. This stop valve is generally located near the water meter or where the water pipe enters your property. Another tip : it’s usually in the basement. By turning this valve counterclockwise, you will cut off the water supply throughout the house. Before shutting off the water, also make sure to unplug and drain appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators with water dispensers, and water heaters.

Drain the Water Pipes

Once you have closed the main stop valve, you now need to drain the water present in the pipes to avoid any leakage or pipe burst during the temporary shut off. To do this, open all the cold and hot water faucets in your house, including outdoor faucets, until there is no more water flowing. Don’t forget to drain the toilet flush. Also, if you’re temporarily shutting off the water during the winter months when freezing is a risk, make sure to protect outdoor pipes against freezing by insulating them with insulating sleeves or other such products.

Restoring Water Safely

When you’re ready to reopen the main water supply to the house, you can slowly open the main valve clockwise to allow a gradual restoration of water in the pipes. Carefully check for leaks or plumbing problems once the water is restored.

Hiring a Professional Plumber

If you’re unsure about the steps to follow for a safe, temporary water shut off or if you have more complex plumbing projects, call the Richard and Sons team now. One of our qualified plumbers can help you correctly shut off the water supply, drain the pipes, and take all necessary precautions during the temporary shut off.

A temporary water shut off requires a little planning and appropriate measures to avoid any plumbing problems. By following the steps mentioned above, you can carry out a temporary water shut off safely. If you have doubts or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us for expert assistance.

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