Tips for Locating the Water Shut Off Valve Within the House

Shutting off the water at the cut off valve located within the house is the best option for leaks that cannot be shut off by local valves. It will cut off your home’s entire water supply, allowing you to open up any pipe within the house. The property inspection report is always the best way to locate the shut off valve. Failing that, use your detective skills to narrow down the location of the valve.

  • In most cases, the shut off valve will be near the perimeter of the house.
  • Keep your focus on-grade. So, if you are in a basement, you will be looking at eye level or above. If you are on a ground-level floor, you will be looking down.
  • Track a line from the water meter to the house. Go outside and stand on top of the water meter utility box. Imagine a straight line extending from that point to the nearest point on your home’s exterior perimeter. Water lines will take the shortest path to reach a house. Where that line meets your house is likely where the house’s shut-off is located.
  • Sometimes the shut-off valve will be located behind a plastic access panel.
  • A PEX plumbing manifold is a type of plumbing collection point that is increasingly being installed in newer homes. With a manifold, two large PEX pipes, one hot and one cold, are branched off to various parts of the house. Plumbing manifolds have shut off valves that can shut down water to the entire house.
  • Here’s a quick tip to know if you have a leak inside your toilet tank:Put a teaspoon of food coloring in your tank. If it appears in your toilet bowl, this indicates a leak in your toilet tanks water seal. This is something that could cause excessive use in water and an increase in your water 💦bill. Give us a call to have this checked out & fixed.!

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