Know about your gas shut off valves

gas shut off valve

It might not seem important until suddenly it really is. Please believe me when I say, being able to shut off supply of water and/or gas to your home is very important. Today we’re just going to talk all about your gas supply.

It’s important to know all about your water shut off tap but gas is even more risky, whatever local shut-off valves you might have, being able to simply cut it off to the home could be essential. If you aren’t certain of where your shut-off valves are don’t delay, it’s time to go and find it.

We should also say that in the most serious cases of a gas leak, it may be unsafe to spend any time turning off the supply. Protection of life must always come ahead of protection of property and minutes spent trying to turn off the gas supply could put you and/or others in harms way. Serious judgement must be exercised if dealing with gas and especially if there’s a leak or cause to shut it down in an emergency. If in doubt, retreat to safety and let professionals handle your emergency boiler or gas repair problem.

Finding your main gas shut off valve

Finding home gas shut off valve

This is a fairly typical set up. The shutoff valve comes before the meter here and would be fairly easy to operate in an emergency.

A typical home with natural gas will have a couple of valves to shut off gas supply to the house. There’s usually one with a handle typically located between the main gas meter and the home (house-side gas valve). This is what you want to operate to shut off your home gas supply. The other valve will be somewhere between the gas meter and the street. You could usually only operate this with a wrench and provided you can find your house-side valve, you would leave this one alone. When you find your main gas valves you may find you have only wrench-operated valves. If this is the case it’s important to suitably store the wrench you need in a close location to the valve. Sometimes this means attaching one to the meter with a thin piece of wire, sometimes you can bag one up in plastic & tuck it somewhere. The important thing is that you keep it dry, in good condition and ready to use in a hurry.

Find your appliance, or zone gas shut off valves

Where gas appliances are in use there a should be a local or appliance gas shut off or isolating valve. This is typically a lever ball valve with a handle (often yellow). When the handle is in-line with the pipe, the valve is open and gas will flow to your appliance. To shut off the gas to the appliance, turn the handle 90 degrees so it’s perpendicular to the pipe. Locating all of your appliance shut off valves is important in case you need to use them in a hurry. If you don’t find a valve, you may not have any installed. A good gas safe plumber will help confirm that and will install suitable valves to give you that all-important control over your gas flow.

Getting help with your gas and heating

A good gas plumber will be more than happy to provide plenty of advice and guidance along with their service. If you have any questions about your central heating system or gas supply, why not keep a list? When you next see your trusted local gas plumber for a boiler service or gas heating repair, they’ll be more than happy to take you through all the items on your list. A happy safe customer that knows all about their heating system is a great customer for any good gas heating engineer.

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