|Fig.1 Street meter|
Supplies and Tools:
Gas/water shutoff tools
How do you turn off the water in your home, if the house valve does not work?
This post is going to show different problems on how to turn off the water in your home. Follow the steps below to learn how to turn off the house water using the house valve, and the main water valve at the street.
An restate inspector is visiting your home for a potential sale and after the inspection has been done for the entire home, the inspector has found a small drip in the kitchen sink area.
The client has hired a handyman and he looks underneath the sink and has found a damaged stop valve. The stop valve is the valve that allows water to the kitchen faucet.
In this example turning off the stop valve underneath the sink will not solve the problem. The reason is that if the stop valve is turned off, the faucet will have no water.
Step 1: Go to the house and turn off the water at the house main. Look at fig.2 shows the ball valve has been turned off. These valves are push up to turn off the water. Some valves have to be turned around in a circle called gate valves which will also turn off the water to the house.
|Fig.2 Water main|
Step 2: The water has been turned off and now the handyman can do the repair work.
This is a continuation from the problem above.
The handyman can not use the house main valve because water is leaking past it.
At this point the only solution is to turn off the water at the street.
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the handyman using a water shutoff tool to remove the street cover to get to the water main.
|Fig.3 Street water main|
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the cement cover has been removed and the water gauge cover has been folded back. The number will move if the water is in use.
|Fig.4 Street main meter|
|Fig.5 Moving valve to on|
|Fig.6 Meter moving job done|
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