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Turning off the Water in Your Home!

May 6, 2014 | Blog

water_shut_off_valveDepending on your home, there may be more than one location for shutting off the water supply. First, there is the water main itself, easily recognized as a large valve with a numeric gauge attached to it. In some homes, the water meter is housed in concrete box with a metal lid placed near the sidewalk or street; in other homes, the water meter may be located along an exterior wall. A wrench can be used to turn of the water supply, though you may need a special “T” wrench to exert the force needed to move the lug nut.

Another location for turning of the water supply is the main water shutoff valve. In most homes, the main water shutoff valve can be found where the water main enters a home. This valve is typically located in the basement (if you have a basement) or on the outside wall of your home. Unless the valve is old or corroded, you won’t need a tool but you’ll need to turn it clockwise several times to close it.

If you have a water leak at the sight of a sink or appliance, you can also turn off the water supply by closing the valves at the site in question. This will allow water to reach other areas of your house, though if there are issues associated with the hoses or lines that carry water to an appliance, you may want to turn of the main water supply in any case.

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