Locate the valve you want to turn off. If you need to turn off a faucet or a toilet, look for the plastic or chrome-plated stop valve along the pipes running to the fixture. Sinks have one valve for the hot water and one valve for the cold water. To turn off water to the entire house, look for the cold-water pipe that enters the house or the pipe near the water heater.
Turn the valve clockwise. Usually, you can do this by hand, but use a wrench or pliers if it's too tight.
Turn the valve counterclockwise to turn the water back on.
Things You Will Need
- Wrench or pliers
- The main valve for your property is outside the house near the street. Look for a metal cover with "Water Meter" printed on it. The water meter and the main valve are under the cover. Check with your city's water and power supplier to make sure you are allowed to access this valve.