Tap Not Turning Off, What Can I Do – Useful Information
My tap won’t turn off, what can I do before I call upon an emergency plumber. Are you in a situation where your tap not turning off and wondering what to do before realising you really need an emergency plumber. Martin Smith who is fully experienced in this situation will explain in great deal what you can do and what you can not do to save all the hassle of getting into a situation and getting very frustrated.
Martin Smith who is a fully experience emergency plumber in Manchester and works as an agent for recommended plumbers in the UK explains that in allot of situations where the occupant panics. They first of all try to fix the leak themselves, but in the unfortunate situation rather than taking a few simple steps, the plumbing emergency gets even worse.
Before we explain in great detail below, we have included a faulty tap not turning off in a real life situation, where Martin dealt with himself but most importantly has soon as Martin arrived at the plumbing emergency, Martin decided he was going to share the real life situation where the customers tap not turning off.
What can I do to turn my faulty tap off?
Firstly and most commonly, when you have a tap not turning off it is a good idea to familiarise yourself where the mains water stopcock is located, just like in the picture above for where the green arrow is pointing to. You can turn off the mains water stopcock by turning it clockwise only. Once you have turned this off, then you should have no more cold water coming through the taps, but if there is still a continues flow after a couple of minutes, then the most likely reason is because the stopcock is classed as not fit for purpose. From here we would explain to contact an emergency plumber, but if you feel you could carry on with trying to turn of the stopcock against our advice, then the next thing to do is to get a pair of grips and carry on turning until the water on the tap eventually turns off. Please be aware that when attempting this that you may make a situation worse by causing a flood, but in most cases this is what an emergency plumber would attempt, however an emergency plumber generally carry the correct plumbing materials and plumbing tools, just incase the worse was to happen.
Every tap in your home should have an Isolation valve located on the hot water (red arrow in picture) and the cold water located at (blue arrow as in picture). In most cases the occupant/customer do not realise they have these isolation valves and just call the emergency plumber to just come out. To turn the Isolation valve off under the sink/basin, you will require a flat head screwdriver, possible a dumpy one in tight situations and to turn the Isolation valve off by turning the flat head screwdriver a quarter of a turn until the flat head slot is in a no entry symbol.
Every tap should have Isolation valve, but if not, as it is estimated that 50% don’t, due to cost saving you may have to turn the mains water stopcock off. As a last resort you could try the outside stop valve located mostly in the pavement outside the property. If your unable to do any of these, then you definitely require an emergency plumber to come out as they have the tools and the materials in an emergency to deal with this type of situation.
If you require an emergency plumber Manchester or anywhere else in the UK then call Martin. Martin Smith works as an agent recommending emergency plumbers and has the best response time over any plumbing emergency companies, getting you out the correct engineer when in a situation you require an emergency plumber.
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