It’s important for every homeowner to know where their home’s water shutoff valves are located.

Whether you’re trying to install a new faucet in your bathroom or you’re in the midst of a plumbing emergency, you can save yourself a lot of hassle and water damage by turning off your home’s water shutoff valve. Turning off the water shutoff valve ASAP in a plumbing emergency can help to prevent expensive water damage, but the last thing that you want is to have to locate that shutoff valve when water is already gushing into your home. That’s why we’ve come up with this guide to help you locate the water shutoff valve in your home today.

How to locate the water shutoff valve inside your home.

Assuming your water shutoff valve is located on the inside of your home instead of the outside, here are a few clues to help you locate it:

  • Stick close to the perimeter – Most of the time, the water shutoff valve will be located near the perimeter of the home, usually close to the front foundation wall.
  • Follow the path of least resistance – Your water lines were most likely designed to follow the shortest path, or the path of least resistance, to your home from the water meter. Look for the water shutoff valve near where the water line meets your home.
  • Look it up on the inspection report – Do you still have the inspection report from when you bought your home? If so, the location of your shutoff valve should be included on it.
  • Be on the lookout for access panels – No experienced contractor would ever drywall a water shutoff valve in, but it’s possible that yours could be sealed behind a wall, in which case, there should at least be access panels around it.

In most cases, your water shutoff valve will not be located under the sink or near the water heater, but since every home is different, don’t rule out these locations completely. It’s also important to note that you should be careful not to confuse the water shutoff valve with the gas shutoff valve.

How to locate the water shutoff valve outside your home.

If you were not able to locate the water shutoff valve inside your home, it might be located outside. Look for a square, round or rectangular lid in your yard. Once you find it, lift the lid. Inside, you’ll find the water meter, your water shutoff valve and the water company’s water shutoff valve. You can ignore the water meter, as it has nothing to do with shutting off the water in your home, as well as the water company’s valve, as it takes a special tool to close. Your water shutoff valve will most likely be located on the side of the meter, and it might require a ratchet wrench to turn off.

If you find yourself in a plumbing emergency in Chino, turn to Complete Plumbing and Rooter for the reliable 24/7 plumbing you need. In the meantime, stay tuned for our next blog to learn how to turn off the shutoff valve, as well as how to turn off the water to specific plumbing fixtures in your home.