It is important to know how and where to turn off the water in your home. If an appliance breaks or a pipe bursts, it can cause serious water damage to your home and your possessions. If you know how to successfully turn the water source off, you could prevent costly water damage and potential flooding. In the average home, there are generally three places where you can turn your water off, depending on the source. Our professionals at Mr Restore have seen many homes that could have avoided catastrophic water damage to their home had they known where these sources were located and how to stop the water source from spreading. Shutting the Water Off Locally Many appliances in your home, such as the sink, toilet, dishwasher, and icemaker, can be turned off right at the source. This is usually the best way to turn off the water because it is easiest and will allow the other appliances in your home to continue to operate. Each appliance has its own shut-off valve and can be disconnected in a similar manner.
- Sink – The shut-off valve for sinks are generally located under the sink, right where the water tubes connect to the faucet. You will need to turn off both the hot and cold water valves.
- Toilets – Look at the bottom or base of the toilet for the shut-off valve.
- Dishwasher – Look under your kitchen sink for a water supply tube that connects to your dishwasher. It will usually be located next to the the kitchen sink valve.
- Ice Maker/Refrigerator– The shut-off valve for the refrigerator will be located next to the copper or mesh water supply tube behind the appliance.
- Showers or Tubs – Showers and tubs are different because you will need to look for an access panel around the tub. It will usually be on the other side of the wall in another room. Once you find it, you will find the shut-off valve.