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Where's my stop tap?

Knowing where your stop tap, or stopcock, is and how to use it is important. It allows you to shut off the water in an emergency – like a burst pipe – or so work can be carried out on the plumbing in your home.


Where to find your external stop tap

External stop taps are normally found outside your home in the public footpath. They are sometimes located in driveways, gardens or grass verges.

Where to find the stop tap in your house

Internal stop taps are normally found under the kitchen sink but you may also find them under the stairs or in the downstairs toilet.

If you live in a flat, there may be a communal stop tap that supplies several flats. Or, you may have another stop tap in your flat where the supply enters.

Watch our short guide on finding your stop tap

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