How To Turn The Water Off To Your House 101

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This is my post on: How to turn the water off to your house 101. A couple years ago I happened to go out to garage to get a loaf of bread out of the freezer. Well, we had water running down the shelf that holds our 8-year-old water heater. I mean like a small river…..so I want to challenge everyone to find your water turn off valves, today….

We all need to know how to turn the water off in our houses as well as outside our homes. I had a cute neighbor who was a plumber by trade and he told me once “I wish people would turn the water lines off” when they go out of town even for 3 or 4 days.  Joey, my old plumber friend said “If people only knew how much damage water can do to their house they would turn off the water inside the house whenever leaving to go on a weekend or long vacation.” He also mentioned to “turn off your hot and cold washing machine valves” if you are going to leave for an extended period of time. Well, I am sure my neighbors would have called me if they saw water running down the driveway from under the garage door. I am just glad I was home and not out of town….I used so many towels to mop up the water….

Luckily we have an awesome new plumber friend, Roger. He told us how to turn the water heater valve off at the top of the water heater to STOP more water going into the leaky water heater. It made me think about what would happen if we had a disruption in our city water lines, and thus, no water…..we at least had cold water for 48 hours. We can live with cold water for a few days. Boy, do we take these water heaters for granted!

Here is the old water heater waiting to be replaced with a new one. We saved $50.00 because we hooked up a hose to drain this gem before it was hauled away…love it! Thanks to Roger, we have a new one and he carried that old one out to his truck alone…wow! The water valve shown above turns off the water to the whole house.  Roger told us we could shut off just the hot water by turning a valve on the top right water inlet pipe above the heater (not shown).  Once the new heater was installed he turned the valve back on.  We had already turned off the gas line once we knew the heater was not functioning properly.  You can see the red gas valve on the bottom left side of the heater in the picture above.  Yours may be somewhat different.

Please take a minute today to see where to turn the water off to your house. Not tomorrow, today. Please be prepared for the unexpected.

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Here’s a picture on how to turn the gas off to your house. Here is a tool every family should have in order to turn off your gas line. Please realize I am not telling you to turn off your gas line unless you feel you are in eminent danger and you cannot contact the gas company. You can sometimes cause more problems if you turn off your gas and then must have the gas company come and turn it back on….I am just asking you to be prepared with a tool that you can use if you have an emergency.

How to turn off your gas line

One tool every family needs: On Duty Emergency Gas & Water Shutoff 4-n-1 Tool for Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Fires, Floods, Disasters and Emergencies

Storing Water by Linda

8 thoughts on “How To Turn The Water Off To Your House 101

  • September 17, 2013 at 9:14 am
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    So important to know. I’m embarrassed to say we have lived in our house for 7 years and then we had some work done that required the water off. We searched and searched for our turn off valve with no luck. Called several neighbors to find out where their valves were located hoping ours would be in the same place. After 3 hours of combing the house we found it in the garage. The valve had been painted the same color as the wall so it was difficult to see. I was just thankful we weren’t experiencing an actual emergency where the water would have been flooding us for 3 hours!

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    • September 17, 2013 at 10:34 am
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      Julie, I like to do posts like today to make people aware of water lines and that they should know where they are….I did a post a few months ago on how to turn off gas lines…of course only turn it off if you smell gas and you have fires all around you…but people need to be prepared for the unexpected. Hugs! Linda

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  • September 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm
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    Unfortunately the one for the whole house is in the crawl space under the house with the creepy spiders. Though we do turn off the washer valves we were are not going to be home. Thanks about the info for the water heater turn off and the turn off to the gas to the water heater. Great article thanks. Hey my pet peeve is the electrical box, man the electrician who filled it out did it in pencil (faded badly) and also had the worst handwriting in the world. Why can’t they be required to do it on a computer print-out which switch controls what in what rooms? Then I also think it should be printed in bold and easy to read print, then laminated and hooked to the inside of the door to the box.

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    • September 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm
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      Lauralee, oh I hate the spiders in a crawl space…..you are so right about the electrical boxes needing computer printouts that are laminated! How can we make that known??? Hugs! LInda

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      • September 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm
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        I don’t know if the State’s Regulatory Offices have a section about electrical codes. If the electrical codes in a state require it, it would have to be done for new builds whether home or business, but the rest of the homes already built would still be out of luck. Guess if we want to do something we have to flip off most of the switches just to be safe. We basically did that when we traded out a plain ceiling fan, for a ceiling fan with a light in two rooms of our home. That was the only way we felt safe doing it since we really couldn’t read what was written for the switches in the electrical box.

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        • September 17, 2013 at 7:34 pm
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          Lauralee, we had to do the same thing. We had to flip each breaker and write them down….urghh! LOL! Linda

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  • September 18, 2013 at 9:15 am
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    Linda,
    This is such a good idea, important to know. We have had this problem in the past and hot water does the most damage. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Triviia.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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    • September 18, 2013 at 6:52 pm
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      Wanda Ann, it was so fun to see you today and enjoy lunch together! Hugs! Linda

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