How to Turn off Your Water Supply Quick and Easy?
Method 1: Shutting Off the Water Supply to a Plumbing Fixture
- Look for the valve closest to the fixture. Most fixtures will have an individual shut off located beneath the fixture. It will likely be a chrome valve. Sinks and showers may have two valves, one for hot and one for cold. Turn each of the valves off to shut off all the water.
- Some appliances such as washing machines, dish washers or refrigerators may have a water shut off switch on the body of the appliance or on the hose that connects to wall.
- To shut off water to a water heater, look for a cold water valve directly above the water heater on a connected pipe.
2. Turn the valve clockwise. This will cut off the water to the fixture. You will still be able to use running water in other fixtures or appliances throughout the rest of the home.
- Tip: If the valve seems difficult to turn you may want to wear a work glove to protect your hand. You can also use a wrench if necessary.
3. Make any necessary repairs. The water will no longer run to the specific appliance. You may need to drain a little bit of water that is remaining in the pipes of the fixture, so it is a good idea to keep a bucket handy. When you are finished, turn the valve counter-clockwise to turn the water supply back on.
Method 3: Shutting Off the Water Supply to Your House
- Identify the main shut off valve. This is usually a brass valve which has a round handle. In the majority of homes is located near to the point where the water pipe makes its way into the property – often in the kitchen, downstairs WC or even utility room. In warmer areas this valve may be found outside, in colder climates it will be inside the home.
3. Turn the valve clockwise. This will cut off the stream of cold water into the home. All appliances that use water will no longer work until the water is turned back on.
Method 3: Shutting Off the Water Supply to Your Property
1.Contact your water company first. Most companies will allow you to access the shutoff valve. There are only three main reasons to shut off the street water cutoff:
- Your inside water shutoff fails and you have an emergency, such as a burst pipe.
- There is a leak in the pipe between the street shutoff and the house shutoff valve.
- You are replacing the main shutoff valve inside your home.
5. Turn a gate valve handle clockwise as far as possible. Make sure the valve is all the way closed so there is no more water flowing to house. These valves can lock up if they have not been used recently.
- If a valve will not turn with a reasonable amount of pressure, do not force the valve. Call a licensed plumber or public works to assist you.
After you are done, Call us at 905-712-1232 (1CDC)