Have you thought about a plan in case of a plumbing emergency? What if you see yourself involved in a situation where the water valve to your house needs to be turned off. Do you even know where it is located? Most people have no idea, and believe me, the best time to figure it out is not exactly when a plumbing catastrophe strikes. Some of the reasons why a water valve should be turned off are broken water pipes or a toilet or sink may malfunction sending water cascading across your floors. Remember, toilets and sinks have their own shut-off valves, but what if the valves get stuck or they fail, then you will have to follow a plan B, and know how to turn off the main water shut-off valve before you face major damages.
LOCATE THE MAIN WATER SHUT-OFF VALVE
There are basically 3 steps you should follow in order to shut off the main valve. The first step is to locate it. If you live in a colder climate, you should find the main water shut-off valve either in the basement or probably inside a closet in the front room of the house. Keep in mind that in some cases, the builders will hide it behind a removable panel. In southern states, the main water shut-off valve is often located outside the house, usually along the front outside wall and often near an outside hose bib (faucet). In other small towns, the main water shut-off valves could be found inside the meter box near the curb. If that’s your case, then make sure you have a meter box key so you can get into the meter vault if you need to.
TURN OFF THE WATER TO YOUR HOUSE
Just turn the valve to the right to turn it off. Simple, right?
OF COURSE! YOU NEED A PLAN!
You are not the only one who should know where the main water shut-off valve is located and how to turn it off, but every member of your family should know as well!. Of course, this includes young children who may be home alone someday when catastrophe strikes. Another good idea could be to put the plumber’s name and phone number near the shut-off valve. You may probably need to reach a plumber quickly if plumbing repairs are required, like for example, In the event that you've gone on vacation and your in-laws are house sitting when the water heater rusts out and starts flooding the floor. Think about it, the least you would want is to come back from a nice trip and finding water damage in your property.