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Old 04-25-2015, 10:32 AM   #1
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Absent curb side water/gas shut off


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I am looking at a house to buy and have a question about the curb side water and gas shut off. There is shut off valves for each meter inside the house, but I couldn't find them near the curb, on the street or across the street. It is possible that they are buried under the lawn or don't exist.

The town inspector did not have any information, and the water company deals only with an owner. It is absent owner house, and I doubt the real estate agent will have any info.

I am in northeast NJ, but let me ask, anyway. I guess I am asking for your experiences only and not about what the local codes may say. My question is: when such shut off valves were absent, were you required (in recent times) to install one? The water company said the house owner is responsible, such as when water service is tapped from the street.
I am asking because that is extra cost to buying this house.

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Once you purchase the house you will need the gas and water to locate them.
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There are areas that do not have shut offs at the street.

You need to find out if the utility requires one. Then worry about trying to find them if the are required
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Some neighborhoods have water and gas right of ways in the back yards instead of the street.
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Why not ask the neighbors what kind of hookup they have?
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Ask the realtor. It's their job to facilitate the sale and they will find out as fast as possible because they want the commission. They know if they don't act fast to get your offer in that some other realtor might get a buyer in before theirs.
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I can't imagine a water line with no curbside shutoff . It would be impossible to repair the line to your house . It's common they are buried. Once you move in, you can check with the water company and they should be able to assist you. Although if you are not calling about a digging operation they may not do this for free.
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I can't imagine a water line with no curbside shutoff.
There are many. I owned a house few years ago that didn't have one. Nobody else in the neighborhood did either, and this was in town, in a development built in the late 1950s. The city installed one for me at no charge, and even left a curb key for me.
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If your water meter is in a pit outside you can shut off the water there.
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