When you suddenly have water pouring down your walls or flooding your bathroom, the last thing you have time for is to go searching for your main water supply.
Even though home insurance usually covers water damage, it can still be time-consuming to fix.
Keep reading to learn how to shut off water anywhere in your home before you need it.
You don’t usually have access to the main water supply in an apartment, so this only applies to home renters. In a house, there are several places where your main water shut off could be:
Look for either a gate valve or a ball valve.
Turn the gate valve clockwise to turn off the water.
Or, turn the ball valve until it is perpendicular to the pipe.
Then, check that your water is off and drain the pipes by opening your faucets.
You can turn off each major appliance’s water supply individually for repairs or in the case of a malfunction.
In general, look for an oval-shaped valve behind or underneath the appliance, and turn it clockwise to shut off the water.
A small oval valve is directly behind your toilet, close to the floor. Turn it clockwise to shut off the water.
If you have an ice maker, turn it off using the switch, metal fill bar, or fridge interface. Then, locate your refrigerator water line in one of these places:
Look for a thin plastic or metal water line coming off a cold water pipe. Turn the valve clockwise or perpendicular to the pipe to shut off the water.
Under your sink, locate a water line coming from the hot water supply pipe heading towards your dishwasher. Turn it clockwise.
The water valve is usually at the top of your water heater on the right-hand side. Turn the valve clockwise. The appliance will remain on unless you shut it off entirely.
There will be two water valves underneath your bathroom or kitchen sink, one for hot and one for cold. Turn both clockwise to shut off all water to a sink.
Behind your washing machine, there will be a cold and a hot water line, often with red and blue valves. Turn both these valves clockwise to shut off the water.
It may not always be obvious when you have a water leak, and if your landlord isn’t doing regular inspections, it may be a good idea to set up scheduled maintenance reviews with your landlord every six months to check for damage.
For those scenarios that you can’t predict, Goodcover’s rental coverage can help give you peace of mind at an affordable price; plans start at $5/month.
Note: This post is meant for informational purposes, insurance regulation and coverage specifics vary by location and person. Check your policy for exact coverage information.
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