Inside the pipes of your home, the water is constantly under pressure. So what would happen if a pipe accidentally got busted? While the effect would vary depending on the size of the pipe and the pressure the water is under, about 14 gallons would be gushing out every minute. This would naturally lead to a lot of damage and cleanup work for you, and it could end up costing you a lot of money.

While it isn’t something that happens every day, you should be prepared for what needs to be done to stop the leak as quickly as possible. Fortunately, you can always find a shut off valve for your water that will stop it from getting worse. This should be your first priority when there is a leak, since there really isn’t a way for you to stop the water while it is under pressure.

Many times you can find shut off valves near all your sinks and any appliances that use water. Near your water heater there are shut off valves as well, but in some cases, it might be necessary to find the main shut off valve for the whole home, which is usually located outside of the home.