Learn how to shut off the water supply to your home or individual fixture. When you have a leak, this may be crucial. The water main is the pipe which allows water to come into your house. It is usually located on a basement wall or crawl space near the front outside faucet, and the shut off valve is connected to this pipe. Turn the valve handle clockwise to shut off all the water in the house.
Each sink and toilet usually has its own shut off valve. Look underneath the sink to find the hot and cold water supply pipes. The water can be shut off here without interrupting the supply to the rest of the home.
Keep kitchen drains from clogging by:
If water pressure is low in kitchen or lavatory faucet, remove aerator with a set of small pliers, eliminate the debris in aerator, and then reinstall aerator.
When your water heater leaks water, shut off the valve on the top of the heater and drain with a garden hose from the drain at the bottom of the heater. Turn gas valve to the off position.
If you have a constantly leaking faucet, it usually has a shut off valve underneath the sink so you can stop the water supply to that faucet, without shutting off service to the rest of the house.
If there is a serious leak in the water service outside the house, the water must be shut off at the meter. Most homeowners do not have the tools to turn off the meter. Call your local water department to shut off your water, and then call a qualified plumber.
If water backs up in your tub or toilet, stop using all water until the stoppage can be cleared by a professional. This type of problem indicates a main sewer stoppage.