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How To Locate and Turn Off Your Main Water Shut-off

Posted on: February 17, 2014

If you’ve ever come home to a burst pipe or a flooded house you’ve probably wished you knew where your main water valve was located. And even if you already had an idea about where it was, you may not have known how to turn it off which could have prevented you a huge headache. This is one of those things every homeowner should know in case of an unexpected emergency.

Where is the Main Water Shut-Off Valve?

It all depends on the type of house you have:

  • If your house is on a slab, the main water valve is likely located near your water heater tank. Take a look underneath it or on top of it – it should be shaped like a ring or it could be a lever.
  • If your house has a basement, this is likely where you’ll find the valve. Picture where you would attach a hose to the outside of the house and the valve is usually located on the opposite wall.
  • If your house has a crawl space, this is where the valve might be located. Check the front wall of the house underneath the crawl space.

Still can’t find it? This could mean the water has to be shut off from the main city water line which can usually be found at the front of your house in a covered box. Check coat- or bathroom closets near the front door.

How do I Turn the Water Off?

If you find the circular-shaped valve, turn it clockwise until you can’t spin it any further. If it’s a lever, turn it so it’s perpendicular to the pipe.

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