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 other blog posts about PLUMBING PIPES:

 How can I protect my pipes to keep them from bursting during a hard winter freeze in North Florida?

 Can galvanized steel pipe still be used for new water lines in a house? 

 How can I tell if I have cast iron pipes in my house? 

 Why can't a sanitary tee be used for a horizontal-to-horizontal drain pipe connection? 

What is the difference between green and white sewer drain pipes?

 Is a washing machine drain hose required to be secured at the standpipe?

 What are the abandoned pipes sticking out of the wall in my house?  

 What are the code requirements for plumbing vent terminations?

 What are the code requirements for layout of drain piping under sinks?

 What causes a gurgling sound when a bathtub or sink drains? 

 What is a "combination waste and vent" in a plumbing system? 

 What is a building trap?  

 What is a galvanized nipple?

 What are the pipes sticking out near my water valves?

 How do you accurately find a broken water pipe leak under the floor slab?

 What is the difference between water pipe and sewage (waste) pipe? 

 Are plastic pipes (PVC, CPVC, and PEX) safe for drinking water? 

 Is a hot water faucet handle required to be on the left? 

 What is a dielectric union? 

 What's that powdery crust on the pipe connections at the water heater? 

 If all the plumbing drains have water in them and you can still smell sewer gas, what's causing the problem?  

 How can I tell what type of plumbing pipe I have?

 Why is there a flexible accordion pipe under the sink? 

 What is the difference between PVC and ABS plumbing pipe?

 What is the difference between water service pipe and water supply pipe? 

 What are the pipes on my roof? 

• How can I find out what type of water pipe runs underground from the water meter to the house (service pipe)?

 What is a P-trap?

 Why is old galvanized steel water pipe a problem for homebuyers?

 What does polybutylene pipe look like? Why is it a problem? 

• Which water pipes are an insurance problem and possibly uninsurable?

• Can you connect CPVC pipe directly to a gas water heater?  

     Visit our PLUMBING page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles. 

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