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What to Do During a Plumbing Emergency

Plumbing emergencies can range from leaking pipes and clogged drains to a faucets that won’t shut off and leaking water heaters. It’s important that everyone in the household know the location of the shutoff valve for every plumbing fixture and appliance, as well as the home’s main shutoff valve.

Water Shutoff Valves

If a specific plumbing fixture or appliance is leaking or malfunctioning, first look for its shutoff valve and turn it clockwise to turn off the water supply just to the affected system.

The shutoff valve is usually located underneath the toilet or sink. Clothes washers will have two shutoff valves, one each for hot and cold water, often located behind the appliance

If the problem is not with a specific fixture or appliance, or you cannot locate the shutoff valve, locate the main shutoff valve to turn off the water to the entire house. The main shutoff valve will be on the inside where the main water supply pipe enters the house. Turn the valve clockwise to shut it off. If the valve is difficult to turn, keep a wrench near the valve for emergencies.


Have a plumbing emergency? Call ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric. Our professional plumbers will be there in minutes to help fix the problem.

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