How to Find a Water Shut-off Valve Outside

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Do you need assistance locating the water shut-off valve in your home? It’s critical to know where the valve is and how to turn it off promptly in the event of an emergency. Flood damage may occur quickly if water is flowing through your property. In many circumstances, you may not want to wait for a plumber to arrive at your home. In Salt Lake City, we can assist you.

The marvelous thing is that stopping the flooding and minimizing damage to your house takes about a minute. Knowing where the main water valve is before an emergency can allow you to take preventative measures to safeguard your home in the case of a Salt Lake City plumbing crisis.

Please continue reading to learn where to find the exterior water shut-off valve and how to turn it off.

Why Is It Necessary to Turn Off the Main Water Valve?

When a water pipe breaks, the pressure keeps household faucets and appliances flowing continues. This indicates that the water will continue until the valve is turned off. A standard water pipe can carry 10 to 15 gallons per minute, which is enough water to fill a washing machine with a complete laundry cycle. Consider how much water would soak into your carpet and walls every minute. It’s not a pleasant sight!

When you’re in a panic, and there’s water all around you, it’s doubtful that you’ll want to stop and find out where the valve is. Identifying it now will give you peace of mind and allow you to respond quickly if the worst arises.

How to Locate the Water Shut-Off Valve

What is the location of my main water valve? Individual appliances, as well as one inside the perimeter of your home, have shut-off valves. If you don’t know where it is inside or the problem is with the mainline rather than an appliance, go straight to the exterior shut-off valve to save time.

Here’s how to locate your exterior water shut-off valve if you have municipal water service:

  • Look for a rectangular or spherical cover along your property’s boundary, usually between the curb and the sidewalk. The cover might be metal or plastic, with the words “water meter” written to aid recognition. Some main water valves are in the back alleys rather than on the roadway.
  • Locate the water shut-off valve by opening the meter cover.

A shut-off valve could be found on or near your pressure tank if you have a private well.

In any scenario, a shut-off valve may usually be found in a utility section where the water line enters the house. A shut-off valve near the water meter may be located on the exterior wall of certain residences with municipal water delivery.

If you’re having trouble finding the water shut-off valve, consult the property inspection report that came with your home when you bought it. Check the report’s plumbing section for the location of the valve, as well as a photo to assist you in your quest.

If you’re still having trouble finding a water shut-off valve inside or outside your house, give us a call in Salt Lake City.

How to Turn the Water Valve Off

A couple of tools may be required to turn off an outdoor main water valve:

  • If the lid is held in place by a security bolt, you’ll need a socket wrench to remove it. You may need to contact the municipal water supply distributor to open the cover.
  • A screwdriver may be required to remove the lid.
  • A water meter key is an excellent tool for regulating several water main valves.
  • If you don’t have a key for your water meter, channel locks will suffice.

Remove the top and check inside the compartment for the residential water supply shut-off valve, which should be the one closest to your home. The valve may be turned off with a meter key or by twisting the valve closed with pliers. Cut the shut-off valve clockwise to turn off the water supply to your residence.

Seek Professional Plumbing Help from us in Salt Lake City!

Before you can restore water service to your house, you need to figure out where the leak is coming from and fix it. Turning off the main water valve is only the first step in resolving your issue. Reach out to our professionals in Salt Lake City if you need assistance with any phase of the procedure or are ready to have your home’s plumbing back in working condition. Call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for emergency plumbing or to get an estimate.

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