How To Shut Off a Water Main

There very well might come a time when you own your own house and are going to need to shut off your water main.  There are many reasons why something like that might be necessary.  Perhaps you are doing some minor bit of plumbing or construction yourself, and you want to turn it off as an added precaution.  Maybe something has gone bad, and there is water spouting from beneath your kitchen sink or toilet.  Whatever the case might possibly be, you should probably learn how to stop the main flow of water into your house.

Your primary water shut off valve should be located where the water enters your house.  If you live in a warmer climate, the likelihood is you are going to find it outside.  Find the place where the water pipe enters your home, and it should be somewhere around there.  Sometimes it looks just like a complex spigot, others it will be encased in a metal or concrete casing.  If you live in warmer climates, chances are it will be somewhere near your water heater.

Make sure that you only have one valve.  If you have ground water coming in, there is the possibility that you need to find two valves for complete water shut off, especially if you have a ground well.  Once the valves are found, you simply need to turn both counter-clockwise.  The water main valves may stick a bit at first, but stay with it and turn until they will not move anymore.  If you don’t turn them all the way, then your water isn’t actually shut off.

The directions may seem easy, but there is the possibility that you will not be able to find your water shut off or the valve just won’t seem to work the way you expect it to.  In the event that you can’t get it to work, call a professional like Dr. Pipe Drain & Plumbing Services.  This is your house, and you don’t want to make a costly mistake that is going to make you spend even more in the long run.

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