SANTA CLARA – One thing every homeowner should know is the location of their water shut-off valve. Since this valve controls the flow of water to the entire house, knowing where it is and how to use it can minimize water damage in the event of a catastrophic leak (such as a broken pipe).
In many cases, a home’s water shut-off valve is located in the front near the street—look for a lid marked “Water Meter.” To access the valve, remove the lid with a screwdriver or similar tool. Once inside, all you have to do is turn the valve handle to the opposite position. You may be able to turn the valve by hand, but in case it’s stuck, bring along a wrench or similar tool to get some extra leverage.
If you can’t find your water shut-off valve, ask your plumber to show you where it is and demonstrate how to operate it properly. By learning the basics about your water shut-off valve, you’ll be prepared to act in a water-related emergency.