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Turning off the water during a flooding damage in your home

Updated: Jun 8


When water floods your home or business in Graham, you likely will feel a sense of losing control of your environment. If this is your first time experiencing water damage, we want to help you better understand what to expect and how to achieve a positive outcome throughout the insurance claims process. At Advanced Restoration Environmental Services (ARES) we are committed to Giving You Back Your Home by empowering you to regain your sense of control during this harrowing life event. Use these ARES tips to help you better respond to water flooding damage in your Graham home or business.


Turn the flooding source off in your home


This sounds like the typical answer you get from Information Technology (IT) when you call regarding an issue with your computer, right? If you are able, turn off the water source. Preparation will prevent a lot of headache and potentially reduce the damages to your home in a flooding event. If you have not done so, you should locate your water main shut off now.


Shutting the water off with angle stops


If the issue is related to a sink, dishwasher, or a toilet, there should be an angle stop, aka shut off valve, located near the hose that connects the unit to the wall or floor (where the water lines are installed). Older fixtures will require turning them counter clockwise until they are in the off position whereas newer ones are merely a quarter turn. Water heaters will have a shut off valve as well, usually located near the top of the unit. Your refrigerator ice maker line and washing machine have valve boxes behind the units where the water line hoses connect where their angle stops are located.


Turning the water main off for your home


When you are a homeowner, you want to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. One of the items you should check off of your to-do list is to identify the location of your main water shut off before you ever need to find it during an emergency scenario. In the event that you cannot turn the water off at one of the fixtures nearby the source of the flooding, you will need to locate the main shut off for your home. Bob Villa shares some tips for discovering where this device can be found in the most common locations so that you can turn off your home’s water supply:

  • Inside the house

  • Outdoors on an exterior wall

  • Outdoors buried near the street

Flooding water damage repairs in Graham


Our team at Advanced Restoration Environmental Services (ARES) takes pride in being a part of our local community and enjoys the opportunity to serve our clients around the Graham, WA area. Water and fire damage leaves home and business owners with the feeling of losing control of their environment.

  • Insurance Claims Experts. ARES specializes in helping you navigate the nuanced process of insurance claims repairs.

  • FREE In Home Consultations. Our ARES team looks forward to meeting with you to discuss the unique needs of your restoration project.

  • Exceptional Service. ARES prides ourselves in our ability to create positive customer experiences.

  • Licensed & Insured. Our ARES team stands behind the quality of our work as we work to Give You Back Your Home.

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