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- Know the location of where your shut offs for your water are. These include the main valve, fixture valves, hot water heater, water softener, ice maker, and any other area of concern.
- Test and confirm that these shut offs actually do shut off 100%.
- As a back up precaution, have a water meter key and know how to use it. A water key can be purchased at any Home Depot or Lowes, and the instructions should be attached.
- When traveling out of town for an extended period of time, shut off the main water service to prevent any unanticipated flooding while your home is unattended. If a house sitter is there, then make sure that he/she knows where the shut off is. If you are on a well, then shut the power off to the pump.
- Always keep an eye on your water bill. If your usage increases without more demand, then you may have a need for leak detection. This may prevent flooding in the future. Always remember that small leaks usually turn into big leaks.
- Drain the calcium and other foreign matter from your hot water heater annually. Use your drain valv