|Things Every Homeowner Should Know
As a homeowner, or even a renter, there are a few things that every person should know about their home or place of
Some things may seem simple enough, but a surprising number of people don't have the answers to these questions. Not
knowing some of these could lead to anything from simple confusion to a complete disaster that could have been prevented
or at least reduced.
1. Where does the main water supply to the house get shut off at?
If you have city water, then there should be a valve right where the water comes in from the street. Very often, the main
water comes into the basement from the street that the house faces, sometimes in a dark, dirty area that you might never have gone into.
If you have a well, you may have to look around to find where the pipe comes in from the well. You also may have to follow
that pipe for a little bit to find the main valve(if you have a tank in your basement, you should find one near that).
Regardless of what kind of water system you have, it is very important that you know how to shut the main water off in
In the event of an emergency, this is the only way to guarantee that you can stop the flow of water. Be sure that is shuts
everything off in the house.
2. Where does the main electric supply to the house get shut off at?
This, of course, isn't quite a plumbing question, but it can be just as important to your personal safety. Again, this
could be in a dark, dirty place that you don't normally go into. This could be in a garage or hidden behind a picture(although
that is rare), or in a closet, etc.
3. What kind of heat source does that house have?
This probably is not as important as the first two questions, but it can save some time and confusion, and is still a
fairly important piece of information to have about your house.
The most common fuel souces are: fuel oil, gas, and electric.
The most common systems are: hot water baseboard, hot water radiators, steam(radiators), hot air, and electric baseboard.
If the answers to any of these questions are in doubt, we highly recommend that you find out this information. Even a service
call from a plumber is cheaper than the possible damage that some of these could cause.
Apartment buildings could have some different configurations depending on the building layout. Check with your landlord
if you have any questions.