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The Pipeline

By Dan Weltman

How To Find Your Main Shut Off Valve

Wondering how to find your main shut off valve? Knowing where your home’s main water shut-off valve is located can save you from a BIG mess and a BIG expense. Whether you have an overflowing toilet, a burst pipe or a leaking fixture, quickly shutting off your home’s water supply can serve as an easy temporary fix for a potentially sizeable problem.

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Find Your Main Shut Off Valve

Unfortunately, there is not a specific place to find a home’s main shut-off valve. The age, style and location of your home can all play a part in where the main shut-off valve is located. Most valves are located in a basement, the ground level floor of a house on a slab (check near the water heater), or on the exterior wall.

Share The Valve’s Location

Once you locate your shut-off valve, be sure to share its location with the people you live with – after all, a plumbing emergency can happen at any time and you may not be home.

Test The Valve

Many homes have very old shut-off valves. And, like any fixture, valves can become damaged over time. Be sure to ensure that rust hasn’t taken over your home’s shut-off valve. A valve that won’t budge won’t do you any good in the case of an emergency!

Main Water Valve Issues?

Having trouble locating your valve? Is your water valve leaking? Or is the valve rusted shut? Give us a call or contact us online! This valve is an important element in your home’s plumbing system and should be repaired at the first sign of an issue.