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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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