How to Locate Your Home’s Water Shut Off Valves

Plumbing emergencies happen when we least expect them. While we may never know exactly when we may be faced with a burst pipe or overflowing toilet — knowing how to turn off the water to your plumbing fixtures and to your entire home can help prevent a flooding mess. Below are a few tips, tricks and instructions on how you can locate your home’s water shut off valve.

Main Water Valve:

Your main water valve is responsible for turning off the water coming into your entire home. Depending on your home setup, there a few different locations where you may be able to find this. Look in your basement or ground level floor. The valve may be in an access panel in your home. They will never be behind drywall, sealed. Turning this valve will turn off water to your entire home, regardless of whether or not the individual plumbing fixtures have their water valves on or off.

Sink Water Valve:

The valve for a sink is usually located underneath the sink. Take a look at the piping underneath your sink in your kitchen or bathroom. You should see a shut off valve that turns off the water to that fixture specifically.

Toilet Water Valve:

The valve for your toilet should be located behind your toilet bowl. This will turn off the water to your toilet, but you will still be able to use the rest of your home’s water.

If you are still unsure of how to turn off the water running to your home, or you run into a plumbing problem, do not hesitate to reach out to our professional technicians here at Barker & Sons Plumbing and Rooter. We are here to help you with all of your home plumbing needs.