Plumbing tip: how to prevent major water damage

on Feb 27, 2018

In Rochester, Minnesota, we all know that freezing and thawing can cause pipes to burst and lead to major plumbing issues like leaks and flooding. Since winter lasts about five months out of the year, it’s essential for you to know where your water shutoff valve is located. This knowledge could save you thousands in damages.

Plumber showing water shutoff valves in Rochester, MN

Generally, the main shutoff valve will be in your basement. If you’re struggle to find it, then search for your water meter – the shutoff valve should be close by. If for some reason you still can’t find it, check your property inspection report, which should list the location.

Once you’ve located it, you’ll need to know how to shut it off. To stop the flow of water, turn the valve handle clockwise.

There are usually two types of valves:

  • One type is a flat straight piece of metal (often with a colored rubber grip on it), which should only turn about 90 degrees
  • The other type is like your outdoor spigot shutoff – a metal knob that has a pentagon or hexagon-like shape which turns clockwise.

If you still can't find the shutoff valves, feel free to give us a call. We'd be glad stop by and help you find them.

What do you do if you have a localized leak?

Is your toilet leaking? Or maybe your sink? Read our post on leaks to find out what steps you can take before resorting to using your main water shutoff.

Is your plumbing ready for winter?

Make sure read about and implement these important steps to help prevent frozen pipes and burst pipes. 

Questions about your plumbing?

Call Elsmore Plumbing at 507-254-8680 or email us at

For greater peace of mind, hire a professional to get the job done right the first time. Saving a couple hundred dollars isn’t worth exposing your home and family to the risk of a major leak that could cost you thousands of dollars in damages.