Things you should know about your house: How to turn the water off to your house.

How to turn the water off to your house.

Every homeowner should know how to turn the water off to their house in case of an emergency.  Knowing how to turn the water off to your house can reduce the amount of damage done.  You do not want to have to wait for a plumber.   A lot of houses have shut-off valves, but they may be hard to find.  Most are buried in a flower bed.  New homes built 2013-2017 have a shut-off in the garage wall.

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Tools every homeowner should have.

Two tools every homeowner should have and keep handy are water meter cover removal key and a water meter value key.  These can be found at any hardware store for less than $25 combined.

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water meter value key

water off water meter cover removal key

water meter cover removal key

What you need to know to turn off your water to your house.

According to the residential code, every resident has to have a water meter.  Start by locating your water meter.  On most houses in the DFW area have their meter located close to their mailbox,  between the house and sidewalk, 5 feet from the street or in the back alley in the grassy area.  Use the water meter cover removal key that fits your water meter.  Insert it into the hole on the top.  If your water meter cover does not come up, you will need to turn it until the level on the side opens up.  Lift the cover off.  Locate the water meter value.  Use the water meter value key to turn the value so that it looks like a lock could be placed on it.

It is not a bad idea to have everyone in the family over the age of 9 to practice this a couple of times, and so when a water emergency does happen, you know how to reduce the amount of damage done.

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