Here’s a plumbing scenario that’s a nightmare most homeowners hope never to encounter: leaving the house for a few days on a trip, only to return to find that a plumbing accident has caused extensive flooding, leaving damage that’s costly to remediate and cherished items lost forever. If you’ve had this worry gnaw at you before, or if it has happened in the past, the best way to stop this potential future disaster is to have an automatic shut-off valve installed on the water main. You’ll have better peace of mind and your home will have better protection.
To make sure that the installation of an automatic shut-off valve is done right, you need to hire licensed plumbers. Baxter Comfort Solutions is the experienced plumbing contractor in Baxter, IA to call for this service. All our plumbers are licensed and insured, and we guarantee our installations. If you aren’t happy with the work we’ve done, our plumbers will fix it at no charge. Look to us for all your indoor plumbing services in the “golden circle” between Ames, Des Moines, Newton, and Marshalltown.
An emergency shut–off valve can operate in different ways. The most common type of shut–off valve is designed to register a sudden drop in water pressure that indicates large amounts of water escaping from a pipe. When this happens, the valve closes automatically to shut off the water main and prevent further flooding and damage. The valve can be easily reset once the plumbing has been repaired.
The other method involves sensors on a pad that detect water in the home where there shouldn’t be any, which is effective even against small leaks. The sensors signal to the valve to seal off the pipe. Both types of valves can be connected to an indoor control panel that alerts the homeowner when the valve has activated.
Absolutely. Although weather conditions can sometimes lead to flooding occurring in a home, the more likely culprit for water damage from flooding is due to plumbing accidents. There are many points in a house where leaking can start without your knowledge: toilets, washing machines, dishwashers, even the water line to the refrigerator ice machine.
An automatic shut–off valve serves as your "water damage watchdog" whenever you’re out of the house. Since you don’t need to be away from your home for long to allow serious water damage, an automatic shut–off valve is useful even if you don’t regularly make long trips. We recommend that all houses have an emergency shut–off valve installed.
Putting in a shut–off valve for your plumbing might sound like it’s a simple service. And it is—for professional plumbers, at least, who can take care of the job in only a short time. You shouldn’t attempt to do it yourself or trust it to a non–professional, since it could end up causing flooding to happen, the exact opposite of what it’s supposed to do. Our plumbers at Baxter Comfort Solutions are glad to handle your emergency shut–off valve installation, as well as doing replacement work or repairs when you need them. Contact us in Baxter today to schedule plumbing service.