Let’s assume for a second that you are currently facing a plumbing emergency, say, a burst pipe. The water that’s escaping from the damaged pipe is already starting to flood your property, and you need to shut off the water supply. The problem is, you have no idea where the main water shutoff valve is. If you can’t locate your water shutoff valve, there is no way you can stop the flooding and before you know it, your property has already sustained flood damage that is going to cost you a lot.
Knowing where to locate your water shutoff valve is very important. Don’t be like one of those home owners who only care to know anything about their plumbing systems when a plumbing emergency strikes. Here are the usual locations of a water shutoff valve at home.
The basement or the garage
It is common for many water shutoff valves to be located in some hidden corner of the house. In most homes, the water shutoff valve can be found in the garage or in the basement. Some houses, however, have their water shutoff valve on an outside wall in the utility area.
Near the water meter
A water shutoff valve is usually put near your water meter. The water meter, however, could be located in different places. To determine the location of your water meter, take the climate in your area into consideration. In milder climates, the water meter—and the water shutoff valve—is likely situated water near the curb in front of your home, on an outside wall or in an underground box. In places that have really cold weather, on the other hand, water meters are generally located in the basement or in other hidden part of the house, mainly to prevent them from freezing. Find the water meter, and you’ll locate your water shutoff valve.
It can never be stressed enough how crucial it is for you to know the location of your water shutoff valve. Once you locate your water shutoff valve, it is also very important that you test it every now and then. There’s no use knowing where the water shutoff valve is only to find out, when a plumbing emergency arises, that it doesn’t really cut off the water supply to the house for one reason or another.