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Your Stopcock

                               YOUR STOP-COCK NEEDS YOU BEFORE ITS TO LATE

Your stopcock hidden away, forgotten about never to be seen again till an emergency strikes your household. For so many years behind a kitchen cupboard, washing machine, under the stairs or even under the floor boards, Never seen it couldn't tell you were it is, even never new we had one. And so the hunt is on as water is pouring out from under your kitchen sink in the early hours of Sunday morning. Gradually the water is flooding out your kitchen damaging your units and getting under your laminate flooring. So you try to contain it with towels buckets saucepans and anything else you can get hold of, its your worst nightmare come true. Theres no way of stopping it until you find the one thing that has never mattered in your life up until now, infact you even have no idea what it looks like.So after you have looked every were you could possibly think of, still not knowing what you are looking for its time to consider calling an emergency plumber out. But before you make that call you have one last thought of where it might be hidden, in the cupboard by the front door. So you run to the cupboard open the door and throw everything out into the hallway. And there it is starring at you in the left hand corner, you try to turn it off but it will not turn it refuses to budge seized solid due to years of neglect. The internal stopcock is totally your responsibility, the external one is either your local water authorities or yours depending on which side of the properties boundary's it is on.
The external one might need a key to operate it depending on the age of the property or whether you are on a water meter. Most properties with external water meters are easy to isolate in an emergency if the internal one is seized.
Always know where your internal stopcock is [ sometimes referred to as a shut off valve or stop valve.
Always make sure it can be shut off when needed.
Always make sure it is accessible.
If you can shut it on and off with ease then it would need very little maintenance, only check it a few times a year to make sure it operates.
If yours is seized then call your local registered plumber [IPHE]

                                        PLACES TO LOOK FOR YOUR STOPCOCK

There is never an easy solution in locating your internal stopcock it depends on a few factors, age of building, type of building. Places to look are under kitchen sink behind washing machine in kitchen base cupboard in utility room in floor standing cupboard under stairs under wooden flooring in garage or in basement. GOOD LUCK
If you have any concerns or questions on your internal stop valve then please contact us.

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