Utilities shut off – Do you know what to do?
Recently I came across a video that demonstrated how to shut off the water at the street using a street key. It reminded me that I should have that capability. What about other utilities?
- Water – We have city water which has the meter inside and two ball-type shut-off valves. Every six months, I take my family down to the basement and let them turn off/on the water to the house (they are not mechanically inclined). As far as the shutoff at the street, the city will be marking where the street shutoff is and I will be purchasing a street key to allow me to shut the water off at the curb if a disaster struck. I’ll probably also get a silcock key that I could use to get water at a business in an emergency.
- Gas – I know they make specific tools for gas shutoff, but what cheaper alternatives would you suggest? I suppose I could use an old crescent wrench, but interested in other ideas.
- Electricity – I have a 4-pole breaker to shut off the power to the house. From the outside, I suppose I could pull the meter head.
I also have labels for all of the shutoff valves throughout the house (mostly in the basement).
Do you know how to shut your utilities off? Do others in your household know?