How to Find Main Water Shut Off Valve

There are plenty of situations that may require someone to shut off a home’s water main. It could be a burst pipe that is flooding your home’s insides or a persistent leak that can’t be fixed quickly. It is always recommended that you call in an experienced plumber to fix any problems, but if the valve needs to be shut off immediately, then you will need to locate the main shut off valve. We will provide you with some information that will help you find and shut off the valve, to limit water causing damage to your house.

There are three different possible locations where your water main could be. We will explain the details regarding each location and why it is chosen, so you can correctly locate the water main on your first try.

Location 1 – Inside the House

In colder climates, the valve is placed in a location where it won’t be exposed to the extreme temperatures, commonly inside of the home. Search your basement or the laundry room, the valve usually will not be covered, so it will be easier to find. Main water valves may have round handles or lever handles. Once you locate the valve turn it all the way to the right (clockwise) to shut off the water supply.

Location 2 – Attached to Exterior Wall

If you live in a warm climate, then the water main will be located next to one of your exterior walls. Go around you home’s exterior and locate your water meter, the main shut off valve will usually be before or after the water meter. Repeat the same procedure as described above to turn off the water.

Location 3 – Front Yard

If you have a city or town water supply the water company usually places water mains in your front yard, right where it touches the main street. There is usually a small metal/plastic plate marking the exact spot of the valve. You can search your front yard and see if you can find the plate. Once you have located the plate, you will have to exert some effort in lifting the lid to gain access, locate the valve, and turn it to the right (clockwise) to shut it off. Your water meter is usually in this box as well.

These are three locations where the main water valve is located; you can easily find the valve by searching for it in these locations. When you have shut off the water main, call in an experienced plumber to fix whatever plumbing emergency you are facing. They will come in and fix the faulty pipes and restore your water supply. Another benefit of this whole procedure is that you will always know where your water main is located, so you can turn it off yourself, whenever you need to.


Rooter-Man Continues To Grow With 8 New Locations

Rooter-Man is expanding their reach with 8 new Franchisees in different states of the US and Canada. These 8 new locations are additions to the Rooter-Man network of over 450 locations across North America. The new locations will be instrumental in increasing the reach of the Rooter-Man brand and allow more people to receive their efficient and comprehensive plumbing services.

The 8 new franchisee’s are Dave Humphrey, St. Louis, MO, Kory Kozak, Saskatoon, SK Canada, Gordon Sinift, Allentown, PA, Eduardo Arredondo, Las Vegas, NV, Scott Hida, Sussex, NJ, Victor Yufanyi, Arlington, VA, David Murphy, Baton Rouge, LA and Alex Griffin, Daly City, CA. Rooter-Man clients in these areas can now reach out to these locations, when they face any kind of plumbing issue and a Rooter-Man representative will be at the client’s doorstep in no time at all. With the trust their customers have in them and the premium services they continue to provide their communities will help them to constantly grow their business.

“We are proud to announce that these 8 new great businesses are joining the Rooter-Man franchise. We are convinced that these new members of our brand will uphold the standards that Rooter-Man has set in our 40 years in the business. The new locations will also give customers better access to our experienced plumbers and finest plumbing services on this side of the world,” stated CEO Donald MacDonald.

Rooter-Man has been at the top of the industry for over a decade and the continued expansion will ensure that they remain there for the next decade as well. All of the 8 new Franchisee’s are currently fully functional and offering a complete range of plumbing services to clients. They are also capable of providing 24/7 emergency services to clients faced with plumbing disasters.

About Rooter-Man

Rooter-Man has more than 40 years of experience in the plumbing industry. They have about 450 locations across the U.S. and Canada, which have been used to satisfy millions of customers in both countries. Rooter-Man’s commitment to providing quality plumbing services to clients has made them the number one choice for professional plumbing, sewer, and drain cleaning services in North America.


Inexpensive Bathroom Upgrades

One of the most popular upgrades that homeowners make in their houses is to upgrade their bathroom. But unfortunately, it is also one of the most expensive upgrades that one can make. However, Rooter-Man is here to save the day with tips about inexpensive bathroom upgrades. Decide a budget and make the most of it using the tips below.


When you start a bathroom upgrade on a budget, you will learn that one of the most expensive parts of the whole project is buying and installing bathroom tiles. The solution is to limit the tile usage and go with paint instead. For example, you can put tiles on the bottom half of the wall and paint the rest of the wall.


Putting in a new counter is on everyone’s bathroom upgrade list. But when you are trying to refurbish a bathroom inexpensively, one can’t just splurge on a fancy counter top. Granite colors, usually darker ones, are less expensive than their lighter colored counterparts, remember that when you go counter top shopping.


Painting a bathroom is the most affordable bathroom upgrade that a homeowner can make. It gives your bathroom a whole new look and doesn’t break you bank. Even the best quality paint will cost you less than a wall full of tiles.


Classic fixtures will typically cost you less than modern fixtures. When shopping for bathroom fixtures keep in mind that most traditional fixtures will do the same job as the more fancy modern fixtures.


When working on an affordable bathroom upgrade, remember this mantra – redo when possible instead of replacing. There are many items in your bathroom that can be refurbished to look better. This will help you save some cash.


If you do buy any new things for the bathroom, go with ones that are green – like low flow toilets, faucets, showers, etc. They can be a bit expensive, but they will help you save a lot of money in the long run.

Use these tips to make sure that you don’t go over your budget when redoing your bathroom. Taking care of some of the tasks yourself can also help you save some money. Do call us if you need help with any plumbing upgrades, our service is very affordable and our plumbers can complete the work at an amazing pace.


Help! I dropped my phone in the toilet!!

It is now an established fact that people don’t go anywhere without their smartphone, not even the toilet. Anyone can see that using a phone when you visit the bathroom can become recipe for disaster, and yet over 60% of people use their phone for entertainment or to keep busy while in the restroom. According to a recent survey conducted by SurveyMonkey, this leads to 9% of phones in the bathroom being dropped in the toilet!

So what do you do when you have dropped the phone in the toilet? Follow these simple instructions to to save your phone and avoid an expense.

  1. Take it out- to avoid phone water damage, get it out of the bowl as soon as possible. Grab it if possible or make use of latex gloves to get it out as soon as possible. Don’t start cleaning it just yet, the next thing to do is to turn it off and take the battery out.
  2. Dry it- grab some paper towels and try to dry it as best you can. Keep the battery separate and take out your sim-card and memory card, if they are accessible. Don’t try to turn the phone on, because it would be a huge risk to do so.
  3. Vacuum- use a vacuum to get any remaining droplets of water out of the phone. Some people think that blow drying it is a better option, but that would be a mistake. A hair dryer can drive the moisture further into the phone. When using the vacuum, the distance between the phone and nozzle should be carefully measured, because it can create static electricity if it gets too close.
  4. Don’t Heat it up- don’t use a heater or any other kind of electronic device to heat the phone up, this will only fry the circuits of the phone.
  5. Use Rice- the best way to get every bit of moisture out of the phone is to place it in the middle of a rice mound for up to 12 hours or more. The rice will soak up all the water. You can also put the phone’s battery in there as well.

After you have done all of this, keep the phone off for one more day – reinsert the battery in the phone and turn it one after 24 hours. If you have taken all the precautions above, the phone should turn on without showing any ill effects being dropped in the toilet. If the phone gets out of your reach in the toilet bowl, then call a plumber to rescue it. There will be less hope for the phone, but at least there won’t be any expensive clogs in the plumbing.