August 15, 2022

How to Shut Off The Water To Prevent Further Water Damage.

How To Shut Off The Water Prevent Further Water Damage After.

When unexpected water damage happens the first step is to shut off the water supply prior to water damage clean up and restoration. If steps are not taken to mitigate it, water leaking from a plumbing malfunction: burst pipe, frozen pipe, leaking faucet or hot water heater, dishwasher or other appliance can lead to severe water damage.

The first step after a leak is discovered is to locate the cause of the leak and turn the water off at the source. Finding the source of the water can require some detective work, as there are a few different places the water could be originating from. The source of a severe water leak may include a damaged main water valve, water heater, or water meter. To help you prevent water damage, we have developed a guide created of how to turn off the water in your house. In addition, we have organized a list of tips to help you respond to various types of water leaks.

While there are situations in which you can prevent this from happening such as checking your home’s structure to ensure that everything is functional, there are also some that you can’t control such as natural disasters like storms. When a storm hits your area, the effect can be bad. Your home can be exposed to several damages such as water damage. When your home has water damage whether due to floor or water leaks from a plumbing problem, it is recommended that you hire a professional water damage restoration company to fix the problem immediately. Dynamic Remediation Solutions Inc. is your premier water damage restoration company that will work with you throughout the entire process, We are a IICRC certified firm in water damage clean up, contents processing, odor control  and microbial remediation

How to Deactivate the Water In Your Home.

Hot Water Heater

If the leak is originating at the water heater, shutting off the valve here should stop the flow of water. Water heaters have separate valves for hot water and cold water. Both are located near the heater and color-coded: red for hot and blue for cold, while this usually holds true there are a lot of cases where the valves are not color coded. If that is the case in your home and you are  standing in front of the water heater it would be the line coming into the right hand side of the hot water heater. Turning off the blue valve prevents water from coming into the heater while shutting off the red valve prevents water from leaving the heater.


Dishwashers, washers, refrigerators, and ice machines all use water, and can all experience leaks. If there is water near an appliance, shut off the water to that appliance to attempt to resolve the problem. All appliances and faucets have water shut-off valves to stop the flow of water to that appliance. This shut-off valve is typically located near the appliance, but specific locations vary. The water should stop flowing if the appliance was the cause of the leak in your house. If water is still dripping, or you cannot find the shut-off valve, try turning off the main water valve.

Main Water Supply Valve

Prevent Water Damage

The main water valve provides water to your home from the water meter. You should be able to access the main water supply line from either a utility closet near the main water line or on the exterior of your home. The main water valve can be used to turn the water on or off in your house. However, the valve is large and can be tricky to close—since it most likely never gets turned off. Turning this valve off prevents the faucets and appliances in your home from receiving water.

What To Do After Water Damage To Your Home

Water damage not only affects your property, but it disrupts your daily routine. The restoration process can seem overwhelming, which is why it’s important to contact a professional water damage restoration company that can provide reliable service.

Here are four things you should do after water surges into your home.

Inspection & Assessment

Water damage restoration professionals will inspect the area so that they can see the severity of the damage and do an assessment of what solution will be the most effective. They will document the source of loss (what happened to create the damage), make a moisture map (diagram the affected areas), take atmospheric measurements of the affected areas/ rooms. They will also measure the damage by categories and classes to come up with an effective restoration and drying plan.

Water & Moisture Removal

Professionals will contain the area and use the right tools to remove water efficiently and they will do it quickly because they know that it is one of the keys to effective restoration and prevention of secondary damage of releasing VOC's and future pathogen, and microbial growth. This is the bulk extraction and clean up of the water.

Structural Drying

Once all the water is removed, they will dry out the entire surface and building materials. We will use dehumidification equipment to better ensure that all moisture is removed.

Clean Up & Sanitization

When everything is clean and dry, they will clean and sanitize the area to make sure there is no mold or other germs left so your home will be back to a clean and healthy state.

Water damage can be challenging to deal with but with quick action and hiring the right water damage removal experts, you can be sure that your home will be back to the way it was before and you can, once again, enjoy the comfort your home brings you.  Call our team for professional and courteous water damage clean up!

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