Don't be embarrassed in the least, what should be easy isn't always. since
you know where the meter is, then go to the first logical place (straight
line) inside your residence and the shut off should be there. I say SHOULD,
because I had a house with the main shut off in the utility access at the
rear of the property and the residence shut off had become part of the
addition and was under the floor (altho with a handle to lift up the floor).
Some home shutoffs, are outside by the sprinkler shut off. Don't know which
Boeing location you are at, but snow/no snow would also be a clue. Freezing
ground would mean shut off in conditioned space.
I personally have more than once (tence) shut off at meter for various
reasons. Having the shut off key it particularly useful when something
major breaks and you can't get to the house shut off only the meter/main.
slab floor. No trap door, do not remove carpet.
I would expect it to be at the meter pit.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
Why is it against the law?
Back when I lived in the city, I once had a crappy plastic water meter
snap off. I was a handyman at the time, so I had a street shutoff
tool, and shut off the water. If not, I would have flooded. When the
water company arrived, they were glad I had shut off the water. They
just replaced the meter WITH AN ALL BRASS ONE, and turned the water
back on. They never complained in the least.
Not that most people have the tool, but what are people supposed to
do, let the house flood? I'd think it would be MORE illegal NOT to
shut it off if a tool was available. I'd call that insurance fraud.
PS. All plastic water meters were replaced a year later. I heard they
were breaking off regularly, and the water company was getting real
tired of the hassle. Just proves you cant make EVERYTHING out of
plastic. They sure try though....
Other posters are correct there is a cutoff in the meter box.
On slab homes the main inside cutoff is usually near the water heater.
Follow the cold pipe backwards from the heater to the wall or floor that is
where it usually is. There is also a cutoff close to where the cold enters
the heater that shuts off only the hot water.
The garage or laundry/utility room seemed most logical to me, but I
haven't come up with it. The garage is attached, with the laundry room
behind it. I looked at the water heater, but no luck. The cold water
pipe comes out of the drywall behind it, and the hot pipe (which has
its valve) goes right back in.
Did you check your meter area? I would expect there would be a turn off
there. Then another down line from it. Do you live in an area where the
lines could freeze?
In my area where it freezes the meter is in a hole near the street. It has
a turn off valve built in. Then there is a turn off valve where the line
enters the house in the basement.
In the Los Angeles area with a slab there was a valve outside the house
where the line came up out of the ground and entered the house. There was
another at the street in the meter area.
Could be in a metal or plastic valve box in the front yard, perhaps hidden
under landscaping, or the yard 'swallowed' it. (Same way a lush yard trys to
overtake a concrete patio, and you have to keep cutting it back with a flat
shovel.) Doesn't have to be big- 8" round or 8x10 rectangle. Not the best
way to do it, and not code in some areas, but I have seen it before in slab
houses. If drywall job in utility room isn't original, it could also be
buried in there, or under a floor tile. Lotsa clueless people make changes
over the years.
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