It’s important to know where your water shut-off valve is located outside your home, in case of an emergency like a burst pipe. It can be difficult to find at times, but with a little help, you should be able to locate it without any problems. In this blog, we’ll be discussing how to find the water shut-off valve outside of your home.

Check the Perimeter

First, check the perimeter of your home. Look for a metal cover or a plastic box with a lid. It’s usually located close to the foundation of the house, near the hose bib, meter box, or in the yard near the curb. The valve can either be inside or outside this box depending on the climate and the location where you live.

Call Municipality

If you can’t locate it, you might need to contact your municipality as they may have provided a drawing of the location on the utility map. You might be able to find it online as well by checking your water company’s website.

Irrigation System

Another way to locate your water shut-off valve is to look for an irrigation system, as the valve will be close to it. It might be helpful to use a metal detector to help pinpoint the location of the valve.

Call A Plumber

If all else fails, you can also ask your plumber to locate it for you as they would have the necessary tools and experience, and it may be a good opportunity for them to perform routine maintenance and make sure everything is in working order.

Lastly, once you have found the valve outside your home, it’s a good idea to label it to avoid confusion and prevent future emergencies. Use a permanent marker or label maker to clearly label the valve as the Main Water Valve or “Shut Off Valve”.


Knowing where to find your water shut-off valve outside of your home can potentially save you thousands of dollars in damages from an unexpected plumbing emergency. By following these steps, you should be able to locate your valve with ease and add an extra layer of security for you and your home. If you’re still having difficulty finding it, don’t hesitate to contact your trusted plumber and have them help you locate the valve and perform routine maintenance.