August 09,2019

How to Turn Off Main Water Valve

You want the water to flow uninterrupted in your home but for some reasons, you may have to turn it off from the main valve. There are several reasons you may want to turn off the main water valve. If there is a natural disaster for instance, and there is a burst or leaky pipe, for instance, you can turn off the main water valve to prevent loss of water and potential damages to properties.

Also, shutting the main water valve could be done as a preventive measure. If you are traveling out of town for several days, it makes a lot of sense to shut down the main water valve. Issues such as dripping water heater and ruptured water hose can cause some problems when you are not around. You need to put your mind at rest and shut off the main water valve when traveling away for too long. If you have any plumbing issue at home, please contact us at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown for a reliable solution.

Where to Locate Main Water Valve

If there is a crawl space or basement in your home, the valve will likely be located on a subterranean wall near the front of your house. If your house is constructed on slabs, the valve should be likely located near the water heater or inside the garage.

If you can't find the location of the main water valve in the interior of your home, you should consider looking for it outside. You should consider looking toward the street and pay attention to any covered box that is buried in the ground. This is referred to as the water meter box, and it houses the main water valve. If you still can't find the water valve, please contact us at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown, and a technician will help you out.

Turning Off the Main Water Valve


The main water line valve located inside the home can be turned off by hand easily, all you have to do is turn it clockwise to shut off the water supply. The water valve located inside the meter box will require a meter key. This can be purchased at the local hardware store if you don't have one already. You may also use a crescent wrench and a screwdriver if you don't want to travel to get the meter key. Keep in mind that the water valve that is closest to your home is the one for you. Turn the water valve clockwise once you open the meter box with the key and the flow of water will cease.

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You need to be cautious when turning off the main valve, pay attention to releasing pressure in the pipes by turning on both the hot and cold-water faucets until the water is no longer running. If you are having issues with your homes water valve or any other plumbing component for that matter, please contact us at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Youngstown.

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