Where Are the Shut Off Valves in a Dallas Home?
- Water Meter – The water meter, which you can usually find in your basement or just outside your home, will have a shutoff valve attached directly to it. Usually, there will be two shutoff valves – one on each side of the meter (supply and home). To effectively shut off your water supply, turn the valve located before the meter.
- Toilet Supply – Sometimes you do not need to cut off the main water supply to your entire house if you’re just doing bathroom plumbing. It can be disruptive and the people in your home may not appreciate not having drinking water or a shower while you are working on the plumbing. So, when working on the toilet, always look for the toilet water valve located behind the tank. Sometimes this valve will be on the floor – other times it will be located on the wall just behind the tank.
- Finding the Supply Line – Sometimes the water supply may not be located where you would expect. It might be behind appliances or access panels or above your head somewhere. Most of the time, the water supply will still be in the basement, so start there and look carefully for the root of the pipes. Since most of the pipes in your home will originate at the supply line, you can usually trace them back to a single source.