How to Shut off your Water at the Street

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In an emergency, such as with a severe leak or earthquake, it's important to shut off the water at the street to avoid damage. Turn off the water safely with help from a professional remodeler in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Chris Palmer. Welcome to Chris' Workshop. Today, I'm going to show you how to shut off the main water supply at the street to your house. The front of everybody's house there is a main water shut off. It's in the ground inside a box with a cover. To turn it off, the first thing you want to do is find it, take the cover off, you might want to use a tool, a pair of pliers, and to turn the valve, it's really handy to have one of these. This is a tool made exactly for the purpose of turning off your water main. You stick it down inside the box, this U-shaped device slips over the valve handle. You turn it 90 degrees clockwise and essentially the valve turns across the pipe. And that's off. That will shut off all the water going to your house, you might want to go inside and turn on a valve at the lowest point and that will drain the water out of your pipes. And then you're ready to work on your plumbing without water flowing. My name is Chris Palmer, and that's how you turn off the water for your house at the street.

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