Replacement of stop cocks- Plumbing Solutions in Hampshire

Replacement of stop cocks- Plumbing solutions in Hampshire

Emergency Stopcock Replacement

Are you in a situation where you need plumbing assistance to replace a stopcock? If you’re unlucky enough to have had a pipe burst or tap break, with water damaging your floors, walls and furniture, then you’ll need to locate your stopcock. If you don’t tackle a stopcock problem your home could get seriously damaged before the plumber ends up getting there. 

Most homes are fitted with an internal stopcock and an exterior stopcock. The external valve regulates the flow into your home from the water mains which serves your street from the supply pipe.

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    If you think that the water in your home is not flowing then you may have a problem with the water system. It can be a stop cock that needs fixing or maybe something else. The important thing is to find out what it is and make sure that it is fixed as soon as possible. Hampshire Plumbers Ltd are plumbers that deal with all domestic plumbing issues including toilets, sinks, showers, baths and everything else in between!

    If you notice any signs of a broken stop cock or other plumbing problem, please contact your local emergency plumber who will carry out the repair and advise you further. Hampshire Plumbers are always at your disposal to help you with any plumbing problems, so call us today on 02380 971171 for excellent service.

    Our Main Stopcock is Leaking, Help!

    When the main stopcock leaks you will be able to restrict it at the gland to help slow down the leak and potentially avoid the leaking of water onto your property and building structure. When lots of water spills from the mains water stop valves it is a little more tricky and you’ll need an emergency plumber. The plumber may cut off the body and place PTFE around the threads to allow for a new seal on the stop valve. If the stop valve needs too much PTFE then the chances are that the thread is split open. If the mains water stopcock leaks from the nuts then either PTFE or plumbing paste can be used.

    Our Main Stopcock is Leaking

    Why Use an Expert to Fix your Stopcock in Hampshire ?

    Stopping a stopcock from leaking can be a difficult task, particularly as the leaking water may culminate in damage done to walls or damp floors. If you need to patch your stopcock leak then you will need to hire a trained plumber. You can try to solve the issue by yourself with the necessary know-how but if this is your first attempt at such a repair then it is still easier to seek an expert’s support. The support of a specialist plumber does not only guarantee that the work is performed properly but will also ensure that it is completed safely.

    What is the Cost of Replacing a Stopcock ?

    It can be a simple task to remove a stopcock or it can be very troublesome. The expense depends on how the plumber will turn off the water supply to the building from the mains. Stopcock jobs can take anything from 40 minutes to 4 hours to complete. When it’s fast work, it’s just about £60 for the labour.

    How do I Recognise a Stopcock and Where is it Likely to be ?

    A stopcock resembles a screw, but without an outlet spout. It’ll be positioned between two pipe ends, serving like a link. It helps the stopcock to block water flow while it is turned off.

    Where's my Stopcock ?

    It’s not a question you’d like to ask a mobile plumber if you’ve got a split pipe leaking litres of water into your house. You must  know where it is so you can quickly shut down the water and minimise the damage before a specialist takes a better look at the situation. Note, you usually have 2 stopcocks: one inside and one outside the house. 

    Your outside water mains stopcock will normally be on the lane/street, just outside your property’s boundary. Any property within the boundary may have the mains stopcock, often in the front or back garden areas. In any case it should be clearly labelled with a metal mask, generally printed on the surface with the word ‘wind,’ ‘stopcock’ or a plain ‘w.’ 

    Internal stopcocks can be much more difficult to find, particularly in older properties. In reality the stopcock can be found in some rather strange places. Many people do not know where their stopcock is. 

    Here is a list of the most popular places to find a water stopcock:

    • Under the sink
    • In a bathroom 
    • In a cupboard behind the staircase
    • By the electricity  meter
    • In a wine cellar
    • In a cupboard in a hallway

    When you can’t spot your stopcock, it might be worth speaking with your neighbours, particularly if you live in an older house or flat, because they are sometimes in similar locations. In old properties, stopcocks can often be found under the floorboards by the front entrance, which is, to say the least, difficult to find.

    Knowing where the tap is and how to turn it on and off could save your home from extensive damage if you get a serious leak. Routine water supply checks, such as replacing a worn faucet, are also important. Also make sure to check your taps regularly, as with any faucet, sometimes there may be a leak and it needs to be replaced forthwith.

    Plumbing Stopcock Key Problems

    If you have problems with your tap, there may be a problem with the key needed to operate it. If it is not in the meter box, you may need to contact your water supplier, or in the case of the water meter, it will require a special key. A universal tap wrench can be purchased from a plumbing dealer and should work in most situations.

    A qualified plumber will also have the tools to operate the external tap stop.

    If you have difficulty turning off the water, it is best to contact your water supplier or an emergency plumber. If you have turned it off, turn on the faucet in the kitchen to make sure the water is turned off and turn it off again.

    Most taps are made of metal or brass, but some older taps are made of metal and lead pipes and some are made of lead only.

    FAQs

    The outside shut-off valve, also known as a shut-off valve or stopcock, controls the flow of cold water entering your home.

    To protect your home, you should always have a working shut-off valve and use it as the main way to turn the water on and off. If you cannot use the inner shut-off valves or if they are defective, the outer shut-off valve should be used as the main method of shutting off your water. However, if you cannot or are accustomed to using the internal shut-off valve, the external shut-off valve can also be used to switch off and turn on water.

    You may need to obtain a universal tap wrench to help you with this, but a good plumber can install an insulation valve to turn off and turn on the water at a particular tap, basin or tank. If you are dealing with a leak or need a repair, check that you have insulation valves to locate the specific area where you need to turn off water, and if not, install them.

    The main advantage of isolation valves is that you can work in a specific area without having to shut down the entire system.

    It is often the case that you do not want to turn off the entire main line to repair a dripping faucet, but you only know how to turn off the main line. For example, there is usually an isolation valve (sometimes also referred to as a domestic connection valve) for a sink with a water tap connected. If you turn on the spool valve located above the tank, you can let the water flow through the tank without needing to turn off  the entire main pipe.

    This saves you a lot of money if a sanitary emergency occurs like a leaking faucet, and saves you a lot of time.

    If you share a water supply with other properties, let them know that you are turning off the water supply and remember to be good neighbours. If your house has a shared water supply, switching the water on and off will turn water off for your neighbours across the street or in the same building as your property. It can take a few minutes for the water to flow out of the tap as it has to first run through the pipes again.