new houses don't have a main water valve inddors???

chuehMay 20, 2011

My husband and i are wondering if new houses are not built with the main water valve inside the houses any more?

Every time, we had to repair something that's related to water, we always had to cut the water off from the curb on the street where only do the water supply company workers check. We checked inside all the bottom cabinets, there is no water control valve anywhere in the house, except those that connect direct to control the local cold and hot water under the sinks and behind the toilets. We also checked the valves that connect to the hot water heater. None of them is the main valve.

Please advise us. Thanks

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rjh2o

Somewhere in your home is a water meter and that is where the main shut off will be.
RJ

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 8:50PM
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chueh

Thank you rjh2o for your reply. We definitely don't have one like that in our home.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 10:50PM
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weedmeister

Check the cold water inlet to the heater. Trace it back to the foundation. There should be one along there somewhere.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2011 at 11:02PM
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brickeyee

"Somewhere in your home is a water meter and that is where the main shut off will be. "

Many places put the meters in a pit at curbside and that is where the shutoff will be.

If you do not have one in the house at teh water line entry have one installed.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2011 at 10:38AM
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chueh

Guys, thank you all for the replies!!!

The only meter we have is in a pit at curbside, but NOT in the house. That's where we shut the water off by lifting the heavy metal cover and using a pliers to turn the water-shut-off-knob. That's a long drive way, though.

There is not even a local shut-off for the bath tub. What a tedious job to fix the tub faucet by going back and forth to the curb to shut the water off. ...... bad design.....

    Bookmark   May 21, 2011 at 12:59PM
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brickeyee

It is not very hard to cut the line right at the entry to the house and install a gate or ball valve (these types are used to get full flow).

    Bookmark   May 21, 2011 at 1:30PM
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lazypup

Code requires a "Main Water Shutoff Valve" with 3ft of the point where the water supply line enters the structure.

For homes built over a basement the main water shutoff valve is in the basement where the line enters the house.

For homes built on slab the valve may be inside or it may be below grade outside.

If it is below grade outside you can expect to find it at a depth that is 6" below your frost level and about 3ft outside the footer wall.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2011 at 1:55PM
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woodbutcher_ca

Hi
Check the garage.
Woodbutcher

    Bookmark   May 21, 2011 at 8:06PM
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fa_f3_20

My house has a cutoff that is in the garage just inside of where the service comes in. When the drywallers rocked the garage, they covered it up. Fortunately, I'd taken photos of the plumbing rough before the drywall went up, so with a stud finder and a bit of guesswork I was able to cut a hole in the drywall, find it, and install an access panel.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2011 at 10:35PM
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weedmeister

I'm on a slab and the cutoff is just up from where the water line comes out of the slab in the utility room.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2011 at 3:41AM
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weedmeister

I'm aware that there is another cutoff at the street where the meter exists but I have never used it.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2011 at 3:43AM
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