Water damage in a home has the ability to become a time consuming, expensive cleanup project. Overflowing toilets, clogged sump pumps, and bursting pipes are all able to damage photo albums, furniture, and even the structure of your home. Why take a chance on a pricy repair when your priceless items are at stake? Especially if you are unaware of where your home’s main water shut off is located.

When the water in your home begins flowing and you cannot shut off the valve where it is sourced from, your next step is shutting off your home’s water main. First, you’ll need to locate where your water main is. In the midwest, water main valves are typically located inside the home in the basement near the foundation that faces the street.

Shutting off the water main is simple and will not require any tools. The two main valves you will come across are gate valves and ball valves, both of which can be turned off using your hands. The complete shut off of the water in your home is only for emergency situations such as a burst pipe or a major plumbing repair, but it is still important to know how to operate it. Because of the importance of the valve, the whole family should be informed of its location and how to turn it off in the event of a water burst emergency.

If you believe a pipe has burst or you are in need of plumbing repairs, call MN Plumbing and Home Services. We not only specialize in helping you sort out any plumbing need but also provide electrical service and appliance installation too.  Contact us today on our fast free quote form or call today!