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Where is the Main Shutoff Valve in Your Home?

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How to Shut Off Water to the House

Taking quick action in the event of an emergency relies upon your preparation. In the case of flooding in your home which occurs from faulty plumbing or a faulty appliance, learning where the main water shutoff valve is located is very important. Do you know where this valve is? If nothing instantly comes to mind, you could be left unprepared in the event of a leak.


Imagine this:


You come across a pool of water on your floor. After looking up, you realize that it is coming from the ceiling and the bathroom on the floor above. You can’t stop the water as the fixtures in the bathroom are all in the off position How can you shut off the water? Where is the valve?

Don’t worry! Doug’s Refrigeration is here in the Thibodaux and Houma area to help. We can arm you with the knowledge you need to prevent a leak like that from damaging any more of your home.


How to Locate the Main Water Shutoff Valve

The valve is going to be on the ground level of your home, near the perimeter. If you have a basement, it will probably be located there. Without a basement, it is frequently located near your water heater or under the kitchen sink, but not always. Sometimes it is inside the house, and sometimes it is outside.

These are a couple steps you can take from there:

  • Go From the Mainline – Your water main takes the most direct path to your shutoff valve. If you know where your water main is, try to walk the shortest route to your home from it.
  • Look at the Inspection Report – If you know where to locate the inspection report from when you purchased your home, it will say where the valve is.
  • Look For the Valve Itself – There are a couple of different types of valves. Look for a wheel or handle, usually painted, on a small, exposed pipe. There will also be a meter.

How to Use the Main Water Shutoff Valve

For a valve with a wheel, turn it left to shut off. If it has a handle, push left. From there, call a licensed plumbing such as Doug’s Refrigeration to determine exactly where the leak is originating from and the options for repair or replacement.

If you are still unsure where the main water shutoff valve is, don’t hesitate to give Doug’s a call! We’re happy to help you locate it. Get in touch with us at (985) 222-2913.

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Kendra Clements
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17:42 22 Jun 21
I was referred to Doug's by a friend, I was greeted on the phone by a very friendly receptionist who took all my info, all that was great. The problem is our technician who came to service my rental property. He was full of attitude, and not professional what so ever according to the tenant. He acted like he was inconvenienced to be making the service call. He called us with the recommendation and pricing, and when we said we would take care of the minor maintenance ourselves, he told our tenant "good luck, because we don't want to spend the money". Hopefully this technician, Samuel, isn't a reflection of Doug's. We all have jobs to do, and if you don't like your job, find a new one! I also left a message for the supervisor to give me a call back yesterday as soon as I found about this information, and have yet to receive a call back.
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Lawrence J Mango-Kraemer
19:55 07 Jun 21
Just recently moved to Louisiana and I bought a gas stove. Unfortunately, the old owners had an electric one and I don’t know how to change electric outlets or gas line/valve stuff. So, to make a long story short the home is older and has fuses and breakers. So, for my own safety and comfort I contacted them. They were very responsive and were able to get me in the same day! When I googled an electrician Doug’s was the first one to pop up. I’m so glad that him and a team member came to my home and installed two new outlets with correct wiring for the gas stove and switched out the gas valve and knew where the shut off was. So, now I can go to sleep knowing it was done correctly and will not have any issues! So, thank you Doug’s!!!! I will definitely use them again if needed!
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