What every homeowner should know!

Every homeowner should know the location of the water, gas and electric shut off. And more importantly, how to turn them off.

It was my first house; we had moved across the country and were not present during the home inspection. To make things worse, I didn’t READ the home inspectors report describing the shut off locations. After ripping up carpets and painting, my wife suggested changing out the bathroom faucets.I said that should not be a problem since I have completed many DIY projects in the past. When I removed the bathtub faucet in the second floor bathroom, water started shooting from the open pipe into the back of the tub. That’s when I realized something even more horrifying, I did not know where the water shut off valve was. Was it at the street? Could it be in the basement? In my haste, I shut off the water and the gas in the basement. It was fortunate we had a home warranty. We paid the service call fee for the technician to come out and turn on the gas and light the furnace and water heater. While he was there, he pointed out the location of the gas and water shut off valves. It was a lesson learned the hard way.

Know where your shut off locations are before you need them. It’s a terrible feeling trying to find them in a panic.

Written by Turk Schexnayder, licensed home inspector #10679

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Turk Schexnayder is a licensed home inspector in Louisiana. Turk has been a licensed home inspector since 2009. Historic New Orleans homes is a specialty. Many of the problems or faults we find during our inspections are hidden to the casual observer and might go unnoticed. Having your home professionally inspected by Audubon Home Inspections as early as possible in the buying process can save you thousands of dollars.