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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