Things you can do personally to be prepared in a plumbing
1. Find all the water shut off valves inside and outside your home.
Make sure everyone knows where each valve is located, what they are for, and how to shut them off
2. Test each valve for proper operation; they will do you no good
if they are not working correctly. If any of them do not work, fix them or have the replaced
immediately. Caution—in rare cases, you can actually break a
water valve if it is already too old. Be prepared for this.
3. Locate your homes water meter if you on city water supply
4. Purchase a water meter key to shut off the main water meter.
Some water meters shut off with pipe wrench, other by hand. Locate the meter key or wrench where everyone in
the house can access it easily. Caution—do not bury your meter key in the garage or closet.
5. Have a supply of old bath towels to soak up water, or damn water
from traveling one room to the next.
6. A wet/dry shop-vacuum is a great tool if you can afford
one. Caution—never try to use a regular carpet vacuum
to suck up water; you will be shocked.