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Emergency Water Shut-Off Valve

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What is an emergency water shut-off valve?

The emergency master shut-off valve is what you will use to shut off the water supply to your home in the event of an emergency. Typically, it is located in the basement, crawl space under your home, or in your garage. It may also be located outside your home by the foundation. Some homes do not have shut-off valves. If you cannot locate your water shut-off valve, or if it appears to be stuck, check with a plumber.


Learn where your home's shut-off valve us and how to use it before an emergency

Knowing where your home’s shut-off valve is, and making sure that the other members of your household know too, will help ensure that you can quickly shut your water off during or after an emergency. This is most important when the weather is cold and there is a risk of frozen or burst pipes.


How to turn off your home's water supply in an emergency

Turn the valve to the left until it is snug. Depending on the type of valve that you have this will either be moving the valve a quarter or half turn or if you have a valve that is similar to an outdoor spigot handle you may need to turn it several full circles to completely shut off your home’s water supply.


Examples of Home Emergency Master Shut Off Valves

Your water shut off valve may take many different forms. Below are a few of the most common types of shutoff valves:

Hand pointing to example of emergency water shut-off

Emergency water shut off nozzle

Close up of emergency water shut-off nozzle


Turning Off Your Water at the Street

In an emergency, it is also possible to turn your water off at the street. Contact your water provider for more information about how to do this at your home.