Turning Off the Water - Tips to Keep in Mind

Shutting off the water is an important action to take in an emergency. Most homes have a main water shutoff valve located adjacent to the house (usually near the front door). This valve can be used to prevent water from flowing to the house. All family members should know where the valve is located and how to use it in an emergency. The valve should be periodically checked to ensure proper function. Additionally, most fixtures, such as toilets and sinks, have individual shutoff valves located in their supply lines. These valves shut off water to the fixture without shutting off water to other parts of the house.