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A Quick Guide: How to Switch Off Your Water Mains and When to Call a Pro

At Dan’s Plumbing, we believe that a bit of plumbing knowledge can go a long way in preventing potential disasters at home. One essential skill every homeowner should have is knowing how to turn off the water mains in case of an emergency. Follow our practical guide below to master this simple yet crucial task.

Step 1: Locate Your Water Meter

The first step is finding your water meter. In many cases, the main shut-off valve is located near the front boundary of the property, close to the street, but it might be exposed without any protective covering. Homeowners should look for a pipe emerging from the ground and follow it to find the valve. This valve can take various forms, such as a wheel or lever.

Step 2: Identify the Main Shut-Off Valve

Nearby the water meter, you’ll find the main shut-off valve. This valve controls the flow of water into your home. In most cases, it’s a wheel or lever. Turn the wheel clockwise or move the lever to the “off” position. This will stop the water supply to your entire house.

Step 3: Test Your Success

To ensure you’ve successfully turned off the water, open a tap inside your home. If no water comes out, you’ve done it right. Congratulations! You’ll often need to run the water for a few seconds to let any remaining pressurised water flow out of the pipes.

When to Call Dan’s Plumbing:

While turning off the water mains is a handy skill, there are situations where you should call in the professionals at Dan’s Plumbing:

  1. Burst Pipes: If you discover a burst pipe, turning off the water mains is your first step. Follow up immediately with a call to Dan’s Plumbing to assess and repair the damage.
  2. Major Leaks: When you notice a significant leak that you can’t control, it’s time to bring in our expert team. We’ll identify the source of the leak and implement effective solutions.
  3. Faulty Water Heater: A malfunctioning water heater can cause serious issues. If you suspect a problem, shut off the water mains and let Dan’s Plumbing handle the inspection and repairs.
  4. No Hot Water: If you’re experiencing a sudden lack of hot water, it could be a sign of various issues. Contact us to troubleshoot and fix the problem efficiently.


Remember, while DIY skills are valuable, there are times when professional expertise is essential. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Dan’s Plumbing for all your plumbing needs. We’re here to keep your home’s plumbing in top-notch condition.



Disclaimer: any tips and advice on this website are general in nature, and may not factor in your specific circumstances. Please speak with a professional plumber for advice tailored specifically to your needs.

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