The placements of the valves vary depending upon your type of residence, water source, and geographical location. Such valves, unfortunately, are not always obvious. Get a flashlight and use the following tips to find the water valves.
Usually, there are several ones inside a residence – one for each of the appliances which use water and main valve for your whole house. Usually, it’s possible to locate shut-off knobs for the sink, washing machine, or toilet under the sink or behind the units. If the toilet is about to overflow, do not waste time by searching for your main water valve – just turn your water shut-off knob behind your toilet.
Main (Well Water) Valve
Usually, wells have a couple of main valves: There’s a valve going from the well to your pressure tank and one other valve from your pressure tank to the plumbing. Shut off both valves if you are concerned with your pipes freezing. Otherwise, you can shut off whatever valve is easier for you.
Pressure tanks might be inside the closet, garage, or basement. To locate your pressure tank valve, search for a knob or valve close to the tank. Usually, the valve connects to the same pipe with the pressure gauge on it.
Main (City Water) Valve
Within cooler climates, the valve usually is situated inside the utility room of your home, alongside the water heater or furnace. Your main valve ought to be on the biggest water pipe in this space. Search for any pipes leading right out of the foundation toward your street.
Within warmer climates, it’s possible to locate the valve inside a concrete or plastic utility box inside the ground toward the front of the house, close to the street. The valve might be covered in soil if it has not been used in quite some time. It is better to remove this soil now before you experience an emergency.
Still having a hard time finding the valve? Do not worry. The next time you need a plumber, they will be glad to help you find it.
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