How quickly can you shut the water off to the house?

With the sub-zero temperatures in Indianapolis right now, frozen water lines that can and may burst is a very real danger in some homes. The big question is how quickly can you shut the water off to the house in case of an emergency? Some people have no idea as to where the main water shut-off valve is located much less whether or not it actually works. If you don’t know where the main water shut-off valve is, do you know where the meter pit is? The water to the house can be shut-off at the meter as well, although the water company typically doesn’t want homeowners trying to shut the water off at the meter themselves.

In my own home, we have a device called the WaterCop that can turn the main water off to the house from a switch that is located in our kitchen. Using the WaterCop switch, I was able to turn the water off to the house walking from my office to the kitchen in just over 17 seconds. This device can also turn the water off to the house if one of the remote sensors detects moisture. For those wanting more information about WaterCop systems, there is a YouTube video below.