Believe it or not, there may come a time in your life when you’ll have to shut off the water in your home. Whether that be due to a renovation, repair, or maybe you’re taking a vacation and don’t want to risk a flood while you’re away, the possibilities are endless — however, there’s only one way to turn off your water.
If you’re not too sure how to do it, or you might need a quick refresher course, here’s how to shut off the H2O in your humble abode:
How to Turn Off the Water in Your House
1. Locate the Main Shutoff Valve
When you’re looking to shut off your home’s water, you’ll want to locate the main shutoff valve. Typically, the valve may be found in your basement or on the outside of your home (either attached to the house or in the ground). This essential valve can make H20 appear, and disappear, with a single turn or two — depending on the type of valve you have:
Gate Valve: This wheel-like valve (pictured above) is one of the most common main water valves found in many homes across the country. Internally, there’s a little gate that will help stop the water in its tracks.
Ball Valve: This handle-like valve is found in many newer homes. When turned to a 90-degree angle, a stainless steel ball (inside) will block any water from flowing around your home.
2. Shut Off the Valve
Once you’ve located your valve, it’s time to shut off your water. If your home has a gate valve, you’ll want to twist the valve to the right until you cannot turn it anymore. Now, if you have a ball valve, you’ll want to move the valve to a 90-degree angle, which will shut off the water in your home.
After that has been completed, go over to a faucet in your home and turn it on. If no water comes out, you’re good to go — but if H2O is still coming out, repeat the steps above. If you have attempted to turn off your valve a second time, and the problem persists, it’s time to give your plumber a call.