Look under the toilet or next to it on the wall for a control valve. Turn clockwise to shut the water off.
Look under the sink or inside a cabinet for a similar valve; turn clockwise to shut off the water.
There is a cold water valve going into the water heater; turn clockwise to shut off.
If you're not sure where the water is coming from or none of these options stops the flow of water you need to look for the main shut off valve in the house. This will shut off all of the water in your home. The shut off valve can usually be found near the perimeter of the home most likely in the basement or utility area. It’s in your home’s best interest to find the shut off valve before you need it. Turn this valve clockwise to shut off all water in the house. You may need to use a wrench to turn the valve off.
Another option beyond the home is to locate the main shut off valve outside. This is found underneath that circular or square iron lid in your yard. Remove the lid and locate the valve inside. Turn the valve clockwise to shut off the main water supply into your home.
In the same way that you have a safety plan in case of fire or threatening weather, have a water emergency plan. Make sure everyone knows what to do and how to shut the water off. It is helpful to mark or tag the shut off valves in some way so that everyone can find them. Questions about your plan or concerns about leaks? Call or stop in and our plumbing experts will help you solve your problem.
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