When you have a plumbing emergency and water seems to be overflowing everywhere, don’t panic. You should know the location of the shutoff valves for every fixture in your home, as well as the main water shutoff valve for the house.

The hot & cold shut off valves are usually located underneath your kitchen and bathroom sink. The shut-off valve for the toilet is usually located behind the toilet under the toilet tank. For a problem with your washing machine, the hot & cold shut off valves are right where the water supply connects to the washing machine.

If for some reason you can’t turn off the fixture shut off valve, go to the main shut off valve out by the street and turn off the main water supply. Note: This main shut off will turn off the water supply to the entire house.  Pro tip: Local hardware stores sell the key you’ll need to turn it off.

If for some reason the main shut off valve can not be turned off, contact your local department of water & power, they will at least be able to turn off the main water supply located at the water meter or call a professional.

Contact Plumbing Dynamics if you have any questions about shutting off your water.