Homeowner 101: Finding Your Water Shut-Off Valve in an Emergency

If you had a water pipe burst in your home right now, would you know how to shut off the flow? It’s vital to know where your water shut-off valve is and how to turn it off in an emergency. If you’re not sure where water comes into your home and how to stop it, read on. We’ll help you find it.

Finding the Water Shut-Off Valve

In Florida, most water shut-off valves are located outside the home. The water shut-off valve may be on the side of the house or in a protected box in the ground. As a homeowner, you’re responsible for making sure your shut-off valve is easily accessible and not overgrown with grass or weeds.

If your water shut-off valve isn’t visible on the side of your home, look for a small plate in the ground near the front of the home that faces the street. This is where water comes into your home from the town water supply. You will turn the valve clockwise. 

Finding the Main Shut-Off Valve

There is also a shutoff valve in an underground box near the street or curb. It’s your responsibility to keep this area mowed and clear as well. You may need a shutoff key, which is easy to find at Lowe’s or Home Depot, but a wrench often works just fine. Be cautious though – if it is rusted or exceptionally difficult to move, call a professional to help. Valves in poor condition can break, especially if they haven’t been touched in a while. 

Examining Your Water Shut-Off Valve

Once you’ve located the valve that shuts down water flow into your home, give it a good once-over. Valves that are old and corroded may be impossible to turn. Keep a pair of pliers or the shut off key handy if this describes the condition of your valve. Better still, call a plumber to replace old, worn-out water valves.

If you need a new water shut-off valve or if you have any other residential plumbing needs, give J.W. Freeman Plumbing in Gainesville a call today. Serving the Gainesville area since 2008, we’ve made it our mission to provide superior plumbing services at affordable rates. Call today to schedule a service appointment.

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