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Where do I find the main water shut-off valve for my condominium?

Friday, August 23, 2019

There are two places to look for the water shut-off for a condominium, and your condo may have both or only one:

1) At the water meter - The water meters are usually lined up in a cluster somewhere near the base of the builing, like in the photo above. The cover plates may even be marked with the unit numbers for quick access in an emergency, as in the photo below, but we don’t see that too often. For help locating and using the shut-off valve, see our blog post How do I find the main water shut off valve for my house? Also, in some buildings, the water meters and shut-offs are in a meter room on the ground floor.
 
 
2) Above or behind the water heater - The water service often enters the condo at the water heater and there may be a shut-off valve there to use. The valve at the right side of the photo below, for example, is a main shut-off for water distribution for the unit, and the red valve at left is a shut-off for only the water heater.

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Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about SHUT-OFF VALVES: 

How do I find the main water shut off valve for my house?

How do I shut off the main water service in a mobile/manufactured home?

• Where do I find the main water shut-off valve for my condominium?

• Does a home inspector check and test shut-off valves?

• Which plumbing fixtures require water shut off valves in a home? 

• Is a hot water faucet required at a washing machine?

• Does a refrigerator water supply line require a shutoff valve behind it?

• Is it alright to have a shut-off valve on both the hot and cold water pipes at a water heater?

• Is a shut off valve in-line on a supply line to a plumbing fixture acceptable? 

Is a shut-off valve required at the cold water inlet to a mobile home water heater?

• What is the average life expectancy of plumbing fixture water shut-off valves? 

• Is it alright to have a shut-off valve on both the hot and cold water pipes at a water heater? 

 Is a sink or toilet shut-off valve behind an access panel approved by code?

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