When there’s a leak in your home, the first thing you might do is panic. Although worrying a little bit is okay, the second thing you should do to prevent water damage is to get to your main water valve turned off as quickly as possible. If you don’t know where this valve is, it’s a good idea to locate it before a leak becomes an issue and water damage is incurred.
The Two Types of Valves
There are two main types of water valves that your home likely uses: fixture valves and the main water valve. The fixture valves in your home regulate the water that flows to a specific fixture. Comparatively, the main water valve regulates all of the water that comes into your home. Although knowing where your main water valve is located is critical, knowing where each of your fixture valves is located is a good idea, as well.
Locating the Main Valve
In most cases, a home’s main water valve will be next to or near the water meter. When you go to inspect the meter, you will see that there are two main valves on either side. Keep in mind that one of these valves turns off the water to the home, and the other one turns off the water that goes to the meter. If you run into an emergency that could cause your property to incur water damage, it’s best to turn off the valve that controls the water flowing to your home, instead of the one that controls the water going to the meter, first.