What’s An Automatic Shut-Off Valve?

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If there is anything at all that is wrong with your home, it will show certain signs and symptoms. One of these symptoms is a water leak, often from plumbing damage or problems with joints and connections. At first, leaks do not necessarily inspire worry because the leakage may seem mild and unobtrusive. This is true, of course, until it becomes serious.

It’s likely you may have experienced a plumbing leak before. You know that it can be inconvenient and messy. If left unattended for some time, water leaks can lead to damage. Worse, standing water from leaks can encourage the growth of harmful microorganisms such as mold and mildew. Water that soaks wooden and laminated components of your home will also cause rot and unpleasant smells. This article discusses the benefits of an automatic shut-off valve.

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How Do You Stop A Water Leakage?

A burst pipe could happen, and when it does, there is very little you can do to stop the rush of water. Unless, of course, you have an automatic shut-off valve. This component acts as an emergency stopper that will cut off the supply of water through the pipes and save your home from flooding. But what is it exactly, and why do you need it?

How An Auto Shut-Off Valve Works

An automatic shut-off valve is a component integrated into the water distribution system of a home. Its main purpose is to keep track of the water pressure in the plumbing system. If the valve detects an imbalance in the pressure, it will be interpreted as a problem. Should this happen, the valve will automatically cut the flow of the water off. As a result, additional water will not flow out through the source of the leak, ensuring that any mess can be easily controlled and cleaned up.

Another type of auto shut-off valve relies on sensors that are installed in the floor. These sensors detect liquid on the surface. It there is indeed liquid, the sensors send a signal to the valve and trigger it to close. The sensors are typically installed in spots where leaks often start. Some automated systems may even send a signal to the homeowner’s smartphone to alert them of the problem.

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How An Auto Shut-Off Valve Protects You

The water flow in most homes is controlled by a manual shut-off valve. While this component works well for shut-offs performed by technicians for maintenance and during emergencies, it requires human intervention to ensure that the valve is shut off. This is well and good if someone is present when a leak occurs, but what if it happens when no one is at home or is simply unaware?

Many homeowners may not know the location of the valve because there really is no standard location for it. As such, they may not always know where to find it in case they have to shut it off. As such, the best way to keep safe and prevent messy water damage from leaks is to have an automatic shut-off valve installed. That way, any leaks that may occur are taken care of with or without your intervention.

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When To Call The Professionals

Unless you have the skills and training, it is never a good idea to modify anything that is connected to the water main of your home. To avoid costly or even dangerous errors during and after the installation process, make sure to get in touch with a professional plumber for the job. That way, you can be assured that the installation is done properly and that you have a system that will protect you and your home when and if necessary.


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