Shut off valves

What’s a Shut Off Valve?

A shut off valve is an inexpensive and convenient addition to any home plumbing system. It can save you time and money, and help you avoid unnecessary damage. With a shut off valve, you can stop the flow to a specific fixture without shutting off the water supply throughout your entire home. So if you experience leaking from one of your fixtures, if you have a shut off valve on that particular fixture, you can act quickly and turn it off to stop the leak while you call a professional Toronto plumber to help you. Since you’re able to stop the flow of water right away, you minimize damages.

At Drain Rescue Plumbers, we suggest that every fixture in your home have its own shut off valve if possible. So if you need a fixture repair or replacement, call in our licensed plumbers in Toronto to install a shut off valve at the same time. You never know, this might just save you a ton of trouble in the future.

Where is Your Main Water Shut Off Valve Located?

Do you know where the main water shut off valve is located in your home? Many homeowners don’t and it isn’t until they find themselves in an emergency that they realize how important it is that they do know! Of course, by then it may be too late. In the event of a plumbing emergency, even if you’re slightly delayed finding your shut off valve, this can result in gallons of spilled water and colossal damage to your home. Make sure you know where your main water shut off valve is located and keep a wrench next to it so you’re always prepared for the unexpected.

Main Water Shut Off Valves for Your Home

Most homes in the Toronto area that get their water from a city supply will have a water metre and a shut off valve next to each other. The water metre is usually located near the street, in an underground access area. If you lift the cover, you will find either a handle or a valve with a straight metal flange across the top. You need to turn the handle (with your wrench) until it won’t turn anymore. Once this is complete, your water should be shut off.

Main Water Shut Off Valves and Additional Shut Off Valves

Some homes have a main water shut off valve as well as additional shut off valves that can turn off water from various points in your home. For example, you’ll find the main shut off valve at the point where water enters your house. But you may also have shut off valves in the basement, under your kitchen sink, under a main closet floor and on every toilet.

When to Call a Professional Plumber

If you cannot access or find your main water shut off valve, call a local Toronto plumber immediately!

Not only can Drain Rescue Plumbers assist you quickly and professionally in the case of an emergency water shut off valve leaking, but we can also provide:

  • Shut off valve repairs
  • Shut off valve replacements
  • Shut off valve installations for toilets and sinks
  • Solutions for shut off valve malfunctions
  • Leaky shut off valve services


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