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How to Locate Your Home’s Main Water Shut Off

Minor household plumbing leaks can usually be managed with minimal damage by simply shutting off the water supply to individual fixtures (faucets, toilets). But if you're suddenly having a major plumbing crisis, you will need to shut off the water supply to your entire home... and fast! This is why it is critical that you know how to locate your main water shut off valve.

First you need to find the main water shut off valve. For most homes, the main shut off valve is located near the front foundation wall in your basement. If you don’t have a basement, you may find it in a crawl space, utility room, maybe near your water heater, or even under your kitchen sink. Here is a quick tip: You can usually find it within a few feet of where the main water supply enters your home. It will either have a lever handle or a round wheel-shaped handle. Turn it all the way to the right to shut it off and prevent flooding or serious water damage.

If you ever notice pooling water, flooding, or water leaking from an unknown source, these are signs of a plumbing emergency. You’ll need to shut the water off to your home right away and then call a licensed plumber help locate the leak. It’s even a good idea to shut the water off when you’re going on a long vacation, preventing any plumbing issues while you’re out of town!

So if you have questions about locating your main shut off valve or need help with an already existing plumbing leak in your home, contact us right away! U.S. Plumbing and Rooter has technicians that will guarantee the water in your home is flowing only where it should.

Call our office today to schedule your appointment (925) 238-0940!

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