Know where your shut off valve is well beforehand. First, stop the flow of water to prevent further water damage to your home and property. You do not need to wait for a plumber to arrive to do this! For decades, all new Florida homes have been required to have shut-off valves installed on the line from the water main into your home. Somewhere on your property (usually near the road) is a covered box that may look something like one of these.
Under the cover, you will most likely find a pipe with a piece like this in the middle of it.
Remember, this is Florida. Be careful if your shut-off valve is in the ground. Water collects there, especially after storms and heavy rains. That makes a great habitat for snakes and other things that like to bite. Take precautions.
The valve on top rotates 90 degrees. You want to twist it so it is perpendicular to the pipe, as shown above. This should stop the flow of water from your water supply to the house. Other valves resemble hose bibs and operate in the same way. Once you have shut off the water to the house, go inside and turn on the faucets to drain any remaining water from the pipes. If you have done everything correctly, it will take anywhere from several seconds to a few minutes for the water to drain and the flow of water from your open faucets to stop. Click here for more on emergency plumbing, or call us at 352-728-6053 for prompt help.
The next step is to determine where the leak originated. Because water flows downhill, and the things behind walls and under flooring are not always level, water can travel a surprising distance before being detected. We specialize in leak detection and can help you identify what and where your problem is. For more on water leak detection, click here or call us at 352-728-6053.