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Mar 12 2023

How to Turn Off Your Main Water Shutoff Valve

Have you ever experienced a plumbing emergency in your home, such as a burst pipe or overflowing toilet? If so, you know the importance of being able to quickly shut off your main water valve. While you’ll need to call a dependable plumber right away to handle the repair, shutting off your main water valve right away can prevent costly water damage and give you peace of mind in an urgent situation. At Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we know what can happen when this step is neglected. We want you to avoid mistakes that could lead to water leaks, mold growth, and other hazards. In this article, we'll walk you through the steps of shutting off your main water valve so you can be prepared for any plumbing trouble that comes your way.

Locate the Shut Off Valve

To locate the shut off valve, you'll need to check your main water pipe. It's usually located near the water meter and will have a small lever or wheel on it that can be turned clockwise or counterclockwise to close or open the valve. Those who live in areas with colder climates will likely have their valve located indoors, while those in warmer locations will have theirs outside.

Shut Off the Valve by Turning it Clockwise

Once you have found your valve, it’s time to move forward. To shut off your main water valve, turn it clockwise. This will close the valve and stop water from flowing into your home. You’ll want to be certain that it is completely turned off, so listen for a clicking sound as well as feel for resistance when turning on/off handles. This means it has been fully closed.

Empty All Water Fixtures and Plumbing-Related Appliances in Your Home

Your plumbing fixtures and appliances may still contain a small amount of water after the main valve has been shut off. So, before preceding with any installations or repairs, make sure they are completely emptied. This will help you avoid any mess or property damage due to unexpected water leaks while you’re working.

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Knowing how to shut off your main water valve is an essential skill for any homeowner. By following the steps outlined above, you can quickly and easily shut off your main water valve in the event of a plumbing emergency. Remember, prevention is key, so take the time to locate your main water valve and familiarize yourself with the process of shutting it off before an urgent need to do so arises. With a little bit of knowledge and preparation, you can avoid costly water damage and protect your home from plumbing mishaps. If you need professional services for your plumbing system, reach out to the specialists at Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air. We offer a variety of commercial and residential plumbing services that can help you recover from any issue. Contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment with a dependable local plumber near you.

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