An Emergency with the Plumbing? Lesson: Learn How to Turn off the Water Supply

To avoid extensive damage in a plumbing emergency, it’s crucial to swiftly shut off your water supply at the mains. Our plumbing tips will make it easier for you to locate the shutoff valve quickly until a 24-hour emergency plumber can mend the leaky pipe or take care of the issue.


How to Turn the Water Off Under the Sink


The stop tap or stop cock is typically located in a corridor or close to kitchen appliances like the sink. This valve will shut off the cold water supply to the entire building/home in an emergency.

A brass valve with a water line on either side is called a stopcock valve. To turn the water off, simply turn the tap anticlockwise. Use some WD40 to help loosen the primary valve if it hasn’t been turned in a while so you can turn it clockwise.


TIP – It is useful to know exactly where the main water shutoff valve is prior to an emergency. If you ever have a boiler repair or plumbing call-out for general maintenance ask the engineer to help you locate it, or if you rent the property ask the landlord.


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How About Hot Water?


A valve that you can turn is also on hot water cylinders. To turn off the hot water once more, turn the valve clockwise. When the main shutdown valve for the property is turned, the water supply will be stopped off for properties with combination boilers.


How to Check if Water Supply Is Off


The cold water tap in the kitchen should be switched on to see if the stop valve has shut off the water. Before having the plumbing problem rectified, you will be able to tell the water is off when the tap starts to slow down and ultimately stops. Turn Off the Outside Main Water Valve


The outside stopcock is typically located adjacent to the water metre, under a cover close to the pavement. Once more cutting off the water supply to the property by turning the valve anticlockwise can help you maintain control until a nearby emergency plumber comes.


Can I Isolate Individual Appliances?


Many appliances have a separate isolation valve, which is useful if you find that an appliance has leaked. Turn the screwdriver 90 degrees after inserting it into the slot. Water to the appliance or bathroom fixtures will be turned off as a result.


Turn Off the Water Supply to a Washing Machine


Find the main water shut-off valve for the appliance before attempting to turn off the water supply to a washing machine or dishwasher. They simply function like outside valves for washing machines served by two valves (hot and cold). Clockwise, turn off both of them. The water supply to some washing machines may be turned off by a lever-style valve. You only need to pull the lever down to operate this kind of valve.


How to Turn Off Water to Toilet


The pipe behind the toilet has a shutoff valve attached to it. You may rotate a flathead screwdriver 90 degrees by inserting it in the isolation valve’s slot. The water supply to the entire property does not need to be turned off, therefore. You will need to utilise the main water shut-off valve since some older toilets lack an isolation valve.


How to Turn Off Water Supply to Bathroom Taps


The valve is probably under the sink if you wish to turn off the water supply to the bathroom taps. Turn the valve so the slot is at a right angle to the pipe using a flathead screwdriver. When you isolate the tap, turn it on and off to see if the water is off. Another choice is to close the property’s main valve.


It is time to call an emergency plumber to come out and solve the problem once you have shut the water off to the location, the troublesome area, or the appliance.


No Call-out Fee Local Plumbers


In Dorset, SOS Plumbing and Drainage offers an after-hours plumbing service. Your plumbing issues will likely be resolved by one of our nearby plumbers in less than an hour. We can respond quickly to any leak, heating, or drainage issue since we are specialists in emergency plumbing.


We take great pleasure in our ability to respond quickly, so even if you were unable to shut off the water to the property, an emergency plumber will arrive quickly.


How Much Does a 24 Hour Emergency Plumber Cost?


Before performing any emergency plumbing work, SOS Plumbing and Drainage arrives at your premises and provides a free quote. This eliminates the need for call-out fees. We won’t charge you more as your neighbourhood plumber, whether it’s the weekend, late at night, or a holiday.


Do Plumbers Work at Night?


Whether it’s midnight or six in the morning, a SOS Plumbing and Drainage plumber is available around-the-clock.


It can be necessary to make a quick repair to stop the problem straight away so you can sleep easily until morning. Since we have local SOS Plumbing and Drainage engineers all throughout Bournemouth, it will be simple for them to return the following day and provide a long-lasting solution.


Even better, there is no extra fee for our after-hours, weekend, or holiday plumbing services; we are just available and prepared to assist with any heating, water metre, or leak problems.

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