How to Find and Shut Off Main Water Shutoff Valve

House Main Water Shut Off Valve

Knowing where the main water shut off valve is located is crucial for any homeowner. The water shut off valve location is important year-round, but is especially important during the winter months. Although Georgia has generally mild winters, our state still has temperatures that can freeze pipes. Frozen pipes are not only an inconvenience, but can also be dangerous if they become burst pipes. A burst pipe could start a flood inside your home and cause costly damage. If you have a leak or burst pipe, cutting off the water supply is important to minimize the damage to your house. Even a small leak can cause extensive damage in a short time if the water supply is not shut off. High Priority Plumbing will be standing by for your emergencies 24/7, but we want to help you be prepared to limit the damage while you wait for our plumber to arrive.

How to Turn Off Water to Your House

Ideally, all adults and responsible children in your home should be prepared to shut off the water and know the water shut-off valve location. Water leaks can happen without warning, so make sure that your family is ready to control the damage. Make sure to find your water shut-off valve now instead of waiting for a crisis to come and then struggling to find it. 

The main water shut-off can usually be found on the perimeter of your home, generally on the side of your house facing the street. This location makes sense because the city or municipality water pipes come from the road up to your home. Turn the handle or valve to prevent the water from entering your home. If you are on well water, the valve could be located on the side or back of your house since it is not coming from the street. 

If you are struggling to find the shut off valve after circling the perimeter of your home, you can find the location on your property inspection report. The section on your plumbing should provide the location and a picture of the valve. Even if your plumbing system was not functioning yet, the valve’s location should be listed.

After trying the previous two methods, you can turn off the water at the road if you still cannot find the main water valve. The curb valve on the road should be at the boundary of your property and the road or sidewalk. If you cannot find the curb valve, your water company’s 24-hour emergency line should be able to help you find it or dispatch help. 

Turning Off Water Inside Your Home

If you have a localized leak in your home, such as a sink, washing machine, or toilet, you can cut the water off at the source. 

Toilet–Underneath your toilet, you should see flexible metal tubing and a handle. Turn the handle clockwise gently until it stops. Forcing it could cause the handle to break. 

Sink–There are two flexible metal tubes with handles under your sink–one for cold water and one for hot water. Turn both handles gently clockwise.

Washing Machine–Behind the washer, there should be two visible valves that supply your washer. Turn both of them clockwise. 

If you have a plumbing emergency, you can count on our team at High Priority Plumbing 24/7. Shut off your water and give us a call!

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