Turning off your water supply

Turning off your water supply

Stop valve

Every house or flat should have one main stop valve which turns off the water in an emergency. These valves can be found:

  • in a duct near the entrance to the house or flat;
  • underneath the floorboards near the front door;
  • underneath the kitchen sink or
  • underneath the stairs in a cupboard.

Other valves which turn off individual appliances can be found:

  • under the bath, basin or sink;
  • in an airing cupboard or
  • in a duct casing.

Check to see if a service valve is fitted on the supply pipe to the tap. If so, the water can be turned off temporarily. To turn off, turn the screw on the valve a quarter turn.