Dear Home-ec 101:
My son’s school had an earthquake drill; they sent him home with a worksheet to fill out. We need to locate the main shut off valve for our home’s water supply.
Can you help?
Shakin’ in Shelbyville
Excellent question, your main shut off valve is the knob on the house side of your water meter. In this house, our water meter is near the street, but in our last home it was located in the basement. It’s rare that you would need this valve as there are other valves thoughout a home: before the hot water heater, under sinks, behind toilets, and behind the washing machine. If possible, try to shut off the valve closest to the leak, after an earthquake being an exception.
While we’re discussing being prepared, don’t forget to set your clocks ahead tonight and replace the batteries in your smoke detectors while you’re at it.