How should I maintain the main water 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 street.  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. Which parts of the water service line is my responsibility, and which parts are the responsibility of the MFWD?
2. What if my main shut off valve won't work in an emergency?
3. How should I maintain the main water shut off valves?
4. What are some common reasons for frozen pipes?
5. How will I know if my pipes are frozen?
6. Why do frozen water pipes break?
7. Do water service lines (pipes that run from the house to the street) freeze as well as indoor pipes?
8. What is a water service line?
9. What should I do if my pipes freeze?
10. Can I try thawing the pipes myself?
11. How you can prevent your pipes from freezing