You Should Know, But Do You Know...Where Your Main Water Shut Off Is Located?

Here's a quick video that is important for homeowners (and home renters) too.  The folks at the plumbing company Mr. Rooter® want you to know how to shut off your home's water supply.  Be prepared to handle a water emergency by knowing how to use the water shut off valve for household water leaks, burst or broken plumbing pipes or natural disasters. If you take a few minutes to learn the procedure now, you'll be ready to prevent a flood in your house. A burst pipe could cause thousands of dollars in property damage and leave you with sky high water bills in the event of a serious leak or broken pipe.


Lisa Von Domek


Lisa Von Domek
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Comment balloon 15 commentsLisa Von Domek • April 04 2018 02:08AM


Lisa, this is so true, when we bought our home, the first thing I wanted to locate where the main water shut off is and then had Diane be aware as well. The same with the gas shut off valve was...even though here we have automatic gas shut off valves in CA ...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 1 year ago

I need to write a similar post for us folks in rural areas who don't have water meters, but a well.  We always turn off our well pump when we are away.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 1 year ago

It makes so much sense, Lisa. The inspectors I have worked with always include this in their tour of the home with the buyers. Important, also, to know about turning off the gas. It’s usually mentioned in the context of a potential earthquake


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 1 year ago

Morning Lisa.

You bet I know where mine are.  I actually have two, one near the hot water heater and the other one at the street.  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 1 year ago

We always make  sure this is part of a home inspection...can be a very important part when you least expect it !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 1 year ago

Excellent tip and information, Lisa.  This is also something all condo owners should learn and the shutoffs are not often that easy to find.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 1 year ago

Good morning Lisa. Had a broken pipe in my building and only the maintenace guy, 30 minutes away, had access to the shut-off. Severe damage! Now many of us know! Too late! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 1 year ago

Good morning Lisa Von Domek,

Excellent post and accompanying video! I'm so glad here in Texas the inspector makes sure to locate the water shut off value for the buyer and shows them how it works! Muo important!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 1 year ago

This is excellent advice to share. This knowledge can help prevent major damage.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 1 year ago

I'm amazed, Lisa, by how many people don't know where their shut-off valve is... and more often then one would realize, an inspector can't seem to find one in the house.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 1 year ago

Good morning Lisa - very very important.  You must know how to stop water in an emergency.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 1 year ago

That is one thing we tell all our buyers at the walk through. Nobody needs to go hunting for a shut off in the middle of the night.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 1 year ago

Lisa, that is the main item of concern with my home inspector.  If the buyer(s) are not following them around, he comes and gets them to show where the water shut off is located.  VERY important.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 1 year ago

Lisa very important to know where that valve is.  One of the first things I looked for when I first purchased my home.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 1 year ago

While I am for sure not the "mechanical Hanson"...that is something I know and hope I don't[ have to use !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 1 year ago

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