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How Can I Locate My Internal Stop Tap?

An internal stop tap, otherwise known as a stop valve or stop cock, allows you to shut off the water supply within your home. During a plumbing emergency, such as a pipe burst, knowing the location of your internal stop tap can help you mitigate the water damage to your property.

Where Is Your Internal Stop Tap Located?

Your internal stop tap is usually located underneath your kitchen sink. However, there are a few other places where you may find it.

These include:

  • Kitchen cupboard
  • Downstairs bathroom or toilet
  • Garage or utility room
  • Cellar
  • Under the stairs
  • Next to your meter, if this is fitted inside

It’s important to find your stop tap when you first move into a property so you’re prepared should any problems with leaking pipes occur.

How Do You Turn off Your Internal Stop Tap?

Once you’ve located your internal stop tap, to turn it off, rotate the valve clockwise. This will close it and prevent water from flowing through the pipes. When turning your stop tap off or on, you should always rotate the valve slowly. Never force it. If you over-tighten it or use unnecessary force, you could damage the valve.

Once turned off, there may still be remaining water in the system, opening all taps will drain any remaining water within the pipework. It may take a few minutes for the water to stop running altogether.

To turn your water back on, turn the valve anti-clockwise.

Contact The Emergency Plumbing Experts

At Metro Plumb, we’ve got a team of expert plumbers readily available, day and night, to support you with all your emergency plumbing needs. Regardless of the issue, whether it’s a burst pipe, leaking toilet, or anything in between, Metro Plumb has got you covered.

Find your local Metro Plumb by visiting our find a local plumber page.




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