If you have a major water leak in your home, do you know what to do? Some might think that the best thing to do is to run and collect buckets and towels to contain the water, but that really should be the second item on your list of actions. The first thing should always be to shut off the main water supply.
As a homeowner, do you know where this is located? You might not have felt the need to find out where it is before, but ask yourself this: “Is the best time to find out where the main water supply shutoff is located after a leak has occurred?” Of course not! Being prepared for the worst can save you a lot of money and headache. Usually, you should be able to find the main water shutoff by following the water pipes to the point where they enter your home. If you can’t find a valve inside of your home, it could be that you have it in a box in your front lawn. For those, you usually need a tool that will let you turn the valve to open and close it.