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Main Fuel Shut-off
The main fuel shut-off valve turns off the natural gas or fuel oil coming into your home. In most cases, only the gas company is permitted to work on these valves and they should be used by the homeowner only in an emergency. The main fuel shut-off is generally found on an outside wall in the basement or utility room.
Your main fuel shut-off needs to be accessible in the event of an emergency and so the gas company can periodically service it. The home inspector will check the shut-off valve for signs of wear or corrosion and make sure that it isn't blocked by storage, furniture or other materials. The main fuel shut-off valve can also be the site of a gas leak. A thorough inspector will make sure it is safe.