The reason many homeowners need to know how to find and turn off the main source of water to their home is due to a leak or some other reason that water may be rushing out and causing some damage.

Not only is this hazardous for those who live there but if not dealt with quickly could cause major flood damage that would be difficult (and costly) to repair.

Your Main Water Line

Most homes are equipped with water pipes that connect them to either a main water supply (provided by the city or county) or a private well on the home's property.

These water pipes are responsible for getting water into the house for drinking, bathing and washing.

The problem that some homeowners have is that they are not sure where the main water shutoff valve is?

Why is this important to know?

Because there are times that you may be having a leak or a problem with your water heater, etc. These problems may require you to turn off the supply of water to your home.

You can do this by turning off the main water shutoff valve.

Where Is The Main Water Shutoff Valve Located?

In many homes here in Georgia, the shutoff valve for the main water line is oftentimes located in the basement or the crawlspace. But it could also be located in the garage or some other part of the house.

If you've recently moved into your home you can check the property inspection report to find where it's located. Of course, if you can be with the inspector as he/she performs his work you'll be able to ask where it's located.

What Does The Main Shutoff Valve Look Like?

Generally there are 2 different types of shut off valves.

  1. A Ball Valve - this looks like a lever.
  2. A Gate Valve - this has a round handle.

To shut the water supply off to your house you turn the valve to close it down.

Once it's closed you will not have any water supplied to your home so if you do have to close it because of a leak or other problem, we strongly recommend that you contact your plumber right away to fix the issue.

If you have any questions about your main water line or are having some problems with it, call Atlantis Plumbing today at 770-443-8229. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.