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MITCHELL'S HARDWARE, INC
Illiopolis, IL

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    A plumbing emergency requires you to stop the flow of water quickly. Each member of your family should know the location of the shutoff valve for every fixture and appliance, as well as the house’s main shutoff valve. ·

  • The valve is usually located underneath a fixture such as a sink or a toilet, or behind an appliance, such as a clothes washer, at the point where the water supply pipe (or pipes) connects to it.

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  • If there’s no shutoff valve for the fixture or appliance, use the main shutoff valve to turn off the water supply to the entire house.

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  • You'll find the main shutoff valve on the inside or outside of your house where the main water supply pipe enters.

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  • Turn the valve clockwise to shut it off.

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  • Additional Tip If you need a wrench to turn the valve, keep one, specially labeled near the valve so it's handy.

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  • If the main shutoff valve itself is defective and needs to be repaired, call your water company; they can send someone out with the special tool that's required to shut off the water at the street before it reaches the valve.

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