Learning how to shut off your water can prove to be very useful in an emergency situation. If you have any water leaks or a burst pipe, the first step is to turn off the water.
If you want to shut off the water to a particular sink or toilet, look for a valve under the sink or behind the toilet. It’s desirable to have valves which control the flow of water to each fixture in your house so that it’s not necessary to turn off the water to the entire house to fix or replace a particular fixture.
Shutting Off Water to the Entire House
If you’re not finding a valve to a specific fixture, you can shut off the water to the entire house. Look for a main valve, possibly located in the basement, on an outside wall that faces the street. There should also be a main valve near the street or sidewalk in front of your house, although it may require a special tool to turn off this valve. Often this water shut-off valve is located in a buried box with a cement or metal lid.
Know in advance how to shut off the water. It’s a good idea to know where and how to turn off the water to your house in case of an emergency. Water pipes can break due to freezing weather, old age and other causes. Knowing how to shut off the water can prevent serious water damage to your home.
If you need help locating and working the shut-off valve, a neighbor may be able to help you, or you can always call us at (612) 922-9422 or Contact us Online. We will have a technician there as quickly as possible to help you out with your plumbing emergency needs.