Tips For Fixing Stuck Water Shut Off Valves | Roto-Rooter

Have you ever tried to turn off the water to a sink or a running toilet, only to find that the valve is stuck in place?

This is usually caused by the rubber seat inside the valve drying out, or becomes coated with friction-producing minerals after years without use.

It’s always a good idea to exercise your shut-off valves around your toilets and sinks a few times per year by closing and re-opening them completely. The last thing you need is to have problems turning the water off to an overflowing sink or toilet.

In case the valve just won’t budge, be careful. Forcing it counter-clockwise with a wrench can break the valve, in case it’s already open all the way. Always start in the clock-wise direction at least a half-turn to ensure you won’t break a stuck valve.

If the valve turns too easily, use a screwdriver to tighten the set screw to hold it more firmly in-place. If you’re unsure or having problems, call the experts here at Roto-Rooter at 1-888-302-4368, or make an appointment online at

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