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Water Shut-Off Valves
Posted on Mar 5th, 2016
Emergency water shut-off valves for each residential building have been installed. Please familiarize yourself with the valve locations and instructions for the buildings that are relevant for you. The complete guide with instructions and maps can be viewed by clicking here.
These valves completely shut off all water to an entire building and should only be used when absolutely necessary. Individual units should have their own water shut-off valves (usually located in the utility closet above the water heater) and should be used to shut off water to a specific unit. You should inspect your unit to ensure that you do have a shut-off valve installed and it should be tested on a regular basis. If you do not have such a valve in your unit you should contact a plumber and have one installed.
Shutting off all water to an entire building can be very helpful in minimizing what could otherwise be significant damage to individual units and common areas within the residential buildings. Particularly in situations where an unoccupied unit suffers a major pipe failure and the owner cannot be reached quickly. However, it also imposes an inconvenience on other residents in the building and should be used only when the circumstances warrant such action.
Please contact the management company or a board member if you have any questions or feel free to leave a comment.