What is a water stop valve?

The inside water stop valve allows you to control the water supply entering your home, allowing you to turn the water on or off. It is important to know where the stop valve is for your home or business in case you ever need to turn off the water in the event of a plumbing issue or major leak.

What does a water stop valve look like?

Water stop valves can look different but they all have the same purpose, to control the water supply entering your home.

Inside stop valve

Inside stop valve

Inside stop valve

Inside stop valve

Where can I find the water stop valve for my home?

Water stop valves in homes are most commonly located under the kitchen sink but depending on the type or age of your home, the stop valve may be found in one of the following locations:

  • Inside a hot press / airing cupboard located on the ground floor of your home.
  • Inside a utility room or garage.
  • Under the stairs.
  • Under a bathroom sink located on the ground floor of your home.
  • Inside a kitchen unit / cupboard / press.
  • Inside a boiler house.
  • At the same location as the gas pipe enters the home

If you have tried the above locations and are still having trouble locating the water stop valve for your home, it’s a good idea to ask a neighbour where their stop valve is, as nearby homes usually have them in the same location. You can also check if any extensions, renovations or architectural changes have been completed in the property as this may help to determine where the kitchen or kitchen sink used to be located.

 

If you cannot locate the inside stop valve for your home or if you have issues operating it, you may wish to call a qualified plumber who will be able to help.

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