Plenty of plumbing fixtures, many of which are valves but not spigots, still manage to make their way into conversations about spigots, so they’re worth a quick look. Other valves in your garden include electric solenoid valves, shut-off valves, and various valves for fountains and irrigation systems. We address standpipes and emergency shutdowns to avoid confusion.
First standpipes. As we’ve seen, a standpipe is a component of a yard hydrant, which often refers to a pipe system that creates water access points for firefighters, typically in a commercial or large multi-family residence. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the average homeowner will have little reason to worry or even think about standpipes.
However, you will want to know about your emergency shut-off valves. While they are not cones, they are important to the operation of cones. You will need to access these valves from time to time to perform line maintenance or to prevent a flood if something has gone wrong with your fresh water line. Your entire property should have a main fence that shuts off all water. Faucets, toilets, outside faucets, and anything else should have an extra shut-off so you don’t have to close everything to repack a hose bib. Shutoffs are usually located near the plumbing they serve. In systems where water lines are routed from a central point to each facility, some or all of the individual shutoffs may be located at the manifold. Water heaters, ice makers, washing machines, and other appliances also generally have their own shut-off valves (via Marklein Plumbing).