How to Save Money with Water Efficiency
Boise Valley Plumbing
Boise Valley Plumbing located in Boise, Idaho can help you with any water main problems. The water to your home comes from a water main that is connected to the city water system.
After the water passes through the city valves, it comes to what is known as the main shutoff valve in your home. This is the valve that you need to be able to locate in an emergency. Find it before an emergency occurs so, when you’re in a pinch, you know where it is. This valve is usually in the basement or on an outside wall in a utility area of the house. The main shutoff valve allows a full flow of water through the pipe when it’s open. Turning off this valve (by turning it clockwise) cuts off the water supply to the entire house.
The main shutoff valve in your house probably has one of two designs:
If there is a spike in your water bill there may be a problem with the shutoff valve. This is easy to check. Just shut off the valve and see if water still leaks through.
Although replacing the water main fixture may seem like a small repair, it involves undoing a coupling on the house side and replacing an oil-impregnated leather sealing washer, which is only available at a plumber supply. You will need to buy a threaded replacement ball valve. Then it would be time to check the outside valve.
Also, the electrical system “bonding jumper” that runs from a clamp on the house side of the meter to a clamp on the street side may need to be disconnected.
Hiring a plumber will save you time and money. Having access to the proper tools and parts, the repair will be done properly.
If the valve on the outside of the house is involved, repairs involve coordinating with the city to adjust the water flow. Plumbers have a working relationship with the appropriate city departments.
A leaking water service can make for a costly water bill, and if left alone may cause damage to your yard or even your homes foundation.
If the increase in your water usage does not come from a faulty meter, it's likely that there is a leak in the buried water pipe between the meter and your house, in a pipe under your house, or under a cement slab.
Ways to check your water mains: