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Where Is the Shut-Off Valve for the Water?

In the event of an emergency, it is vital to know the location of the water shut-off valves to your home. The faster you act, the less damage happens as water is spraying from broken pipes and fixtures. Here’s a quick guide to show you how to find the shut-off valve you need to stop the flow immediately.

Main Shut-Off

The water main shut-off is somewhere on the perimeter of your home. A good place to start is to trace the path of the water as it enters your house. The valve will not be upstairs or in the central part of your home, so you can skip those areas and focus on the outside edges of the building.

Find the spot where your home connects to your water supply. If you are on city water, there is a pipe leading into your home providing you water from the pipes. If your home has a well, there is a pipe leading inside your home from the well pump.

Current building codes say it is illegal to cover the shut-off valve behind a wall. If you see a removable panel somewhere in the area, chances are this is the shut-off valve. Check behind the panel to see what is there.

Individual Shut-Off Valves

Depending on the problem, you may be able to stop the flow of water faster with the individual shut-off valves located near each fixture. Items like toilets, sinks, and washing machines typically have their own shut-off valve nearby the fixture or appliance.Ā 

Sources of Information

The location of this shut-off valve should be on the home inspection report for easy access. If you can find a copy of the report, you can have an instant map to the valve. Your local town or city hall should also have a copy of the building plans for your home on file.

If you still cannot locate your shut-off valve, a plumber can help you find it. With our knowledge of plumbing systems, we are available to help you with all your plumbing needs and questions. Contact Mr. Rooter today to schedule maintenance for your home and we can go over some important pieces of information about your home.