Why is an emergency shut-off valve important?
Your homeowner shutoff is also called your emergency shut-off valve. It shuts off the water supply to the home. The water enters your water yardline through this valve and feeds your irrigation system (if you have one) and the rest of the pipes, appliances and fixtures in your home. In case of a plumbing emergency, you will want to know where this valve is located and how to use it. Knowing how to turn your water off quickly can save your home and property from devastating water damage.
Situations where you may need to utilize your emergency shut-off valve...
When work is being performed on your home's water system
When you are leaving your home for an extended period of time
When you are closing up a vacation home for the winter or summer
You have a leak!
Where is the emergency shut-off valve at your home?
For most homes in the Austin area, you can find it on the side of the water meter near the meter box.