Shutting Off the Water?

All members of the household should know where the main water shutoff valve is located in the home and how to use it. In an emergency, shutting off the water can be crucial to prevent more serious water damage from taking place. In most homes, the valve is adjacent to the water meter. Additionally, as noted in the toilet problems section, most fixtures have individual shutoff valves located in their supply lines. All valves should be periodically checked to ensure they are working properly.