Leaks are never a good sign, but when water
is gushing uncontrollably through your house, you need to stop it — right away.
Not only will flooding cause major damage to your home, but it’s also hazardous
and unsafe. First Chicago Plumbing, your affordable plumbing experts, can help you locate your property’s main water shut off
Physically searching for the main water
shut off valve in your house is the best way to find it. Since water first
enters your home from the outside, it’s typically located on the perimeter of
your house. And because the water main begins at the street, you’ll often find
the main water shut off valve on the side of your house that is facing the
street. It should look like a knob or, occasionally, a knife-style valve.
Property Inspection Report
If you’ve searched the inside perimeter and
are still coming up short, it can be helpful to check your property’s
inspection report. Locate the plumbing section inside of the report; it should
detail exactly where the main shut off valve for your home is. Occasionally, it
will even include a picture!
Streetside Shut Off Valve
If both physically searching the inside
perimeter and your property’s inspection report fails you, you can always
locate the streetside shut off valve. This is located at the beginning of the
water main, often where your property meets the street or sidewalk. You should see
a ground-level utility box. The box will indicate whether or not you can turn
the valve off yourself or if you need to call the water company’s contact line.
Shutting off the Valve
Once you’ve located the main water shut off
valve for your property, turning it off is easy. Your valve will have one of
Round Handle Valve: This type of valve
is similar to the faucet you might find on your hose. The round handle should
be turned counter-clockwise several times until you meet resistance.
Knife Style Valve: This valve looks
like a straight line. To turn it off, simply give the handle a quarter turn.
If you’re having difficulty locating your
property’s main water shut off valve, you can always contact the affordable plumbing experts at First Chicago Plumbing. We’re more than happy to help you
locate and shut off the valve. To learn more about our services, simply give us
a call at (773) 661-7969 or contact us online.
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