Where Is the Water Shut-Off Valve?

Water shutoff valve

Does everyone in your household know where your home’s main water shut-off valve is? If a pipe leaks or breaks, you’ll need to know in a hurry. Watch the video below to learn more.

Chances are you’ll never have a water catastrophe, like a burst pipe, in your home. But if you do, you can’t afford to waste precious minutes searching for the main water shut-off valve. That’s why it’s crucial for every homeowner to know where this valve is and how to shut it off.

The first thing you need to do is find your water meter, because the main water shut off valve is usually close to it.

Where the meter is located can vary.

In colder regions like Michigan, where our pipes are prone to freezing in the winter, the water line usually enters through the floor of the foundation. Locate the line entering your home. Follow that line and you’ll find the water meter. Keep following it and you see the shut off valve. To stop the flow of water, turn the valve clockwise.

Ir rare cased, the shut off valve is just outside the house and near an outside faucet. To turn off the water, move the valve handle to a horizontal position.  Older homes may have a round turn-knob, while newer homes could have a lever-style valve. To turn off the water, turn the valve clockwise until it stops. To prevent freezing, we recommend having the water shutoff valve installed inside the home. It can save you time and lower the risk of a frozen pipe bursting.

Because there’s no standard location for main water shut off valves, you may have to do a little searching to find yours. Once you find it, make sure everyone in your household knows where it is.

If you need help finding your water shut off, give Superior Plumbing and Heating a call. We’ll be happy to locate it and apply a color tag so you will be able to remember where it is.


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