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Video:How to Shut Off Water Supply to Sink Faucet

with Debbie Anderson

Find out how to locate the water supply leading to the sink faucet, and how to properly shut it off when you need to.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Shut Off Water Supply to Sink Faucet

Hi, I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com. If you have a broken sink faucet that refuses to stop spewing water, then today I'm going to show you how to locate and shut off the local water supply running into your sink faucet until you can repair or replace the problem causing the faucet to malfunction.

Try to Shut Off Faucet by Hand

First, always try to turn off the sink faucet at the main fixture handle. If the water still continues to run into the sink, open the cabinet doors directly under the problematic sink.

Clear Out a Workspace

Next, remove all of the contents that are stored inside the cabinet directly under the sink and place these items in a location that is a safe distance away from the sink.

Turn Off the Water Line

Once the area directly under the sink has been cleared out, you will see a main water line leading up toward the underside of the sink with shut-off valve handles attached to the main water line.

Twist the handles in a clockwise direction until the handles have been turned as far as they can go. In some instances, the shut-off handle on the main water line may have broken off, and in this case, use a pair of adjustable pliers to twist the bolt where the handle use to attach to the shut-off valve in a clockwise direction until it has turned as far as it will go.

Turn the Water Back On

Finally, once you have repaired the problem with the faucet, turn the handle on the water line under the sink in a counter-clockwise direction to turn the water back on and to restore water flow to the sink's water faucet fixture.

And with there you have it. A fast and safe way to prevent a broken sink faucet fixture from over running. Thank you for watching. To learn more, please visit us on the web at About.com.

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