How should I maintain my shut off valves?

Keeping the main shut off valves in good working condition will ensure that you are able to turn your water off if one of your pipes breaks, or in the event of another emergency.  Give the valve a turn occasionally to prevent corrosion build up.  If the valve becomes corroded, you should probably replace it.  Call a licensed plumber and then call the Water Department to see about scheduling the water to be shut off at the curb stop.  Generally a 48 hour notice should be given, unless there is an emergency.  There is a $25 charge for the service.  (After hours emergency shut off is $50)

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1. What if my shut off valve won't work in an emergency?
2. Which parts of the water service line is my responsibility and which parts are the responsibility of the City?
3. How should I maintain my shut off valves?