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How to turn off the water supply if your faucet breaks It happens. Faucets break, sometimes violently, and water begins spewing all over the wall and floor. Don't panic! Look beneath the sink for the water shut-off valves. There is a cold water shut-off valve and a hot water shut-off valve. They're usually chrome with a small oval valve handle.

Turn the handles clockwise until the water stops pouring out of the faucet. Sometimes water shut-off valves freeze up from lack of use. If it won't budge, get a pair of pliers and slowly turn the knob back and forth until the rubber seat inside loosens. Don't force it all at once or it could break and cause bigger plumbing problems. If the valve spins freely and won't turn the inner seat, tighten the set screw on the face and try again. Once the valve is moving, turn off the water and call Pinehurst Plumbing and Heating.