If you are experiencing a major leak/water issue the New Orleans plumbers of Roto-Rooter recommend that you shut off the main valve. The water shut off valve is typically located where the main supply pipe enters your home, usually coming up through the basement floor near the water meter.
The main shut off will either be one or two valves near the main water supply pipe, which can be turned on and off by hand. There may also be an alternative shut off outside of your home, which can be referred to as a “buffalo box.” If you have a buffalo box, it generally is found in the ground near the edge of your property or street. Once you locate the box, you will most likely have to pry open its round metal cover and you can turn the valve by hand or a long handled key.
When involved in a more extensive project and frequently need to shut off the system, it is recommended to use the external shut off (especially if you have an older home) because it can break, leak or stop shutting off entirely. If you are in the New Orleans area and are in need of any of our plumbing services, please call us at (504) 737-7111 or visit our New Orleans plumber Web site for online scheduling.