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Where Are Your Water Shut-Off Valves?

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

When is the best time to locate your water shut-off valves? NOT when you’re experiencing a water damage! Take some time and familiarize yourself with the location and function of these valves should you ever need to turn off the water in your home.

  1. Main Water Shut-Off Valve – typically found in the basement or an outside wall. This valve connects your water providers lines to your home. Remembering the location of this valve in the event of a water emergency, is vital.
  2. Behind Each Toilet – if you notice water leaking around your toilet or in the bathroom, look for a knob behind the toilet on the wall. Turn the valve in the direction shown to close it and restrict water from flowing to the toilet.
  3. At the Water Heater – each water heater is slightly different. Read the manual that was provided with your water heater for specific instructions. 
  4. Sink Shut-Off - locate the knob or lever beneath the sink where your pipes are located. Turn the knob clockwise or the lever to the off position.
  5. Street-Side Shut-Off – the underground box that connects your home to the water supply. This box will contain a meter as well as a point to turn the supply of water to your home, off. It does typically require a special tool that can be purchased at hardware stores.

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