I bought this house in September 2013. It’s about three years old. I’m in the U.S. (for clarification.) I admit then when I bought it I was in a bit of a rush due to my personal situation, and there are a few things I did not take the time to ask about during my home inspection.
The main one is that I’m not sure where the main water shut off valve is for the house. It is on a slab. Two-story. The water heater is in the garage. It’s a gas water heater. I see two water pipes leading into/out of the WH from the top of the unit into the wall. I guess I was expecting to see an obvious main shut off valve, but I don’t. All my previous homes had the shut off pretty accessible and obvious. Here is a picture of the top of the unit. I see one shut off lever on one of the pipes, but this is not very accessible for a main.
Here is a picture of another pipe that is set off on its own about 2 feet from the WH. There is also a lever on it, and it is more accessible, but I am not familiar with a lever like that being the main shut off. I could just try to shut it off, but I’d prefer to have an idea what it is first.
If it’s not one of those levers, any ideas where else to look? Could it possible be outside?
Question 2: The toilets in this house don’t have standard shut off valves on their supply lines. They have these things:
They turn, but do not shut off the water. They just spin and spin. WTH? Am I missing the method of turning the water off at the toilet?
Thanks for any information!