your stop tap Where will I find the stop tap in my home? The internal stop tap is usually found near to the point where your water supply pipe enters your home. The location can vary depending on the style and age of your property but the most common places to find it is: 1 under the kitchen sink 2 kitchen cupboard 3 bathroom 4 WC, cloakroom 5 garage/utility room 6 cellar 7 under the stairs Internal stop taps aren’t used all that often, that's why it’s important that you know where it is and check it regularly to make sure it is working properly just in case you need to turn the water off in an emergency-plumber-bristol. To allow water to flow into the pipes in your home, turn the stop tap in an anti clockwise direction until it’s fully open, then turn back a quarter of a turn to prevent it from seizing up. If your stop tap has a fault or you need some advice we recommend you contact www.emergencyplumberbristol.uk.com. It’s normally found in the footpath, verge or just inside your property boundary under a plastic or metal cover or in your meter chamber. You may need a stop tap key to open it. External stop taps are used for turning off the water during a water leak or if you’re unable to find or operate your internal stop tap. If you’re unsure where your external stop tap is and your property is a similar design to your neighbors, it’s always worth asking if they know where theirs is because they will often be in the same place. In some cases one external stop tap will serve a number of properties (shared supply).This is often the case with older terraced properties, always let your neighbors know if you are going to turn their supply off too. If you have any problems operating the external stop tap please get in touch as soon as possible.
lead pipe Bristol The water we supply you with is some of the most stringently tested in the world and it undergoes rigorous daily inspection to ensure it is of the highest quality. However, if the pipes that run to your home are made of lead then small traces can be found in your drinking water. The Department of Health advises that lead can be harmful if levels are allowed to build up in the body. Therefore, it makes sense to try to reduce the amount as much as possible, particularly if you are pregnant or have young children. For further health advice please contact Public Health England on 0300 303 8162 or your GP. But don’t worry as there are some really simple steps you can take to help. How do I know if I have lead pipes? Firstly you need to know if the pipes in your home are made from lead. If your property was built before 1970 then you may have lead pipes, but those built after should have either copper or plastic pipes. It is simple to check if your pipes are lead. Find the point where the water service pipe enters your property – it’s usually under your kitchen sink, in a cupboard or under your stairs. Unpainted lead pipes are a dull grey colour and if scraped with a coin you will see a shiny, silver-coloured metal underneath. What if I do have lead pipes? Even if you have lead pipes there is still only a low possibility of lead being in your water. Over 98% of the water we test from lead pipes has no lead or very little lead in it. Give us a call on 07407048236 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for a member of staff to come to your property and test the water free of charge. Before we get to your home there are a few things you can do to reduce any possible lead in your water. Flushing – Run the cold water tap first thing in the morning or when you get home from work for at least two minutes, about enough to fill a washing up bowl or a watering can. Alternatively, flushing the toilet or taking a shower draws fresh water through the pipes. Cold water tap – Only use water from the cold water tap in the kitchen for cooking, drinking and when making up baby formula – this is usually the one that brings water direct from the mains pipe. Water filters – as a short-term measure, some water filters can remove traces of lead. You’ll need to check the instructions carefully to make sure that the filter is designed to remove lead. The best way to get rid of lead completely is to replace the lead pipes. You’ll need to get a quote from a reputable plumber to find out how much it will cost, go towww.watersafe.org.uk to find an approved plumber. Normally if you decide to replace your part of the pipe, we’ll replace our bit free of charge. How do I know which pipe I’m responsible for? By law, the owner is responsible for maintaining the pipes running under their property, garden or driveway that supply their property. They are also responsible for the pipes within their property. This means that if there is a leak from any pipes within the property boundary, the responsibility for making a repair falls to the property owner. In some circumstances, responsibility may extend beyond the property boundary. What is Bristol Water doing about lead? We treat all the water in high risk areas to reduce its ability to dissolve lead. If we come and test your water and find it is above 8 µg/l then we will replace our section of the pipe that supplies your home. Also if you decide to change your part of the pipe then we will normally change ours at no extra cost.
Blocked drains Bristol Drains can be blocked for a variety of reasons, from oils and fats being poured down sinks to leaves being washed into gullies. More serious structural problems can be caused by subsidence, root intrusion or corrosion and could have a long-term effect on the safety of your home. We’ve unblocked thousands in our time, so whatever the problem, you can trust emergency plumber bristol to get things flowing again.
emergency plumbing service bristol Our Emergency Plumber Bristol engineers can help you with any plumbing emergency, whatever the time of day. So if you’ve got a burst pipe, a tap that won’t turn, or you can’t find your stopcock we’ve seen it before, and we’ve fixed it before.