Synergy Plumbing Services have seen countless issues with every type of plumbing infrastructure, and problems with stopcock’s are a frequent and common issue. For the most part, these hidden devices work for years unseen and completely taken for granted, but when problems to do occur, here is what you need to know about a stopcock and how we can be of service.
What is a Stopcock?
Essentially, the stopcock is a valve that regulates the flow of water or gas around the home. In many households, there is a main stop cock that is situated under the sink in the kitchen. If you spring a leak inside the house, shutting off the stopcock will prevent further water or gas from being drawn into the pipes, limiting the water flow and avoiding excessive damage. You may have both an internal and external stopcock. Your stopcock looks very much like a tap in its appearance, and sits between two pipes, allowing for the connection to be opened or closed.
Possible Problems with a Stopcock
A stopcock is a very simple device and many homeowners will never have cause to identify it. This can be both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that the homeowners usually have little to worry about, but due to a lack of interaction with the stopcock, problems can develop. A leaking stopcock can cause water pressure issues in the home or even flooding depending on its location. Interior stopcocks left unchecked have the potential to cause mold if they leak for too long, leading to even more costly repairs.
How Can I Manage My Stopcock?
The key to keeping your stopcock working as it should, without problems, comes down to simple maintenance. An inspection of your homes plumbing system is the best way to solve this issue and keep larger problems from arising. A plumbing professional from Synergy Plumbing Services is happy to check your stopcock and keep it maintained whilst checking the whole plumbing system of the home.
Stopcock management can also play a role in keeping your pipes protected from winter, especially if you are likely to be away for an extended period of time. For local plumbing services from a well-reviewed team in Loughborough, Shepshed, Hathern, Kegworth, Quorn, and surrounding areas please contact us today.
Our friendly engineers are equipped to all your plumbing needs, from domestic to commercial. We also offer home improvement services and appliance installations. Synergy Plumbing Services is a Gas Safe Registered company.