How To Turn Off the Water to Your House

Instructions for Shutting Off Your Water Meter

Knowing how to get in the meter box to turn off the water to your house can save you money during a plumbing emergency. It is easy and anyone living in your house should know how.

The following steps are a quick, simple way to turn the water to your house off at the water meter. Or, you can watch how to do it here:

Step One: Get the Proper Tools

First, you need the proper tools to get in the meter box and turn the valve off. The tools you need are a meter key and a valve wrench. There are multiple you can use.

Step Two: Locate Water Meter

Once you have the tools you need, you need to locate your water meter. Sometimes it is by the street in the front yard. Other times it’s in the driveway. You need to know where your water meter is because it could be in a unique location.

Meter Key:

Meter Wrench:

Step Three: Take Off The Lid

After you locate the water meter, use the meter key to unlatch and take off the lid. All you have to do is put in the key, turn it, and pull the lid off.

Step Four: Turn Off the Meter

Now the lid is off and you should see an arrow pointing toward the water meter. To turn it off, use the wrench to turn the valve. The arrow should now face the house, away from the meter, with the holes lined up.

The water is now off. To turn it back on, point the arrow back toward the meter without the holes lined up. The holes are where the city can put a lock to keep your water off.

Now you know how to turn your water off and back on. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to do this in case of a plumbing emergency. Doing this can save you thousands of dollars.

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