Fire Dept: Find your water cutoff valve

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Fire Department and Lexington-Fayette Emergency Management says with thawing temperatures expected Saturday, homeowners and business owners should know where their water cutoff valve is.

Officials say the below zero temperatures may have broken pipes and when temperatures get above freezing, the water thaws and pours out of the broken pipe.

The emergency management office says it is important that you know where the main cutoff valve is for water service in your home or business.

According to emergency management officials, the water cutoff valve is usually close to where the main water pipe comes into your home or business. Typically it’s in the basement and comes out of the wall or floor.

They say, if you don’t have a basement, it will come out of the floor or a wall at the lowest level. It can be in a closet, behind a water heater or access panel. In some homes with attached garages, it can be there.

Emergency management says if you have a water leak or a burst pipe, the first thing to do is turn the water off and minimize the damage. To close most valves, turn the handle counter clockwise. Other valves may just have a handle that you turn a half turn to the off position.

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