Do you Know How to Shut Off your Water Main?



If you have recently moved into a new residence, one of the first things you should do is locate the water shut off valve.  This is because so many plumbing emergencies can be thwarted with a turn of the water shut off.  Typically, they are placed in only a few places, so it should not be difficult to find.  If you have city water, it is likely located on either side of your garage, a few feet from the front, or on the opposite side of the house a few feet from the front.  If you have well water, it should be placed on or near the well. 


There are 2 different kinds of shut off valves: the gate valve and the ball valve.  If your home is older, you might have a gate valve, which you will need to turn clockwise several times to shut off completely.  The…

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