How do I turn my water off in an emergency?
If you need to turn off your water supply quickly in an emergency:
1. Turn off the water supply
- Turn off your inside stop tap – it should where your water pipe comes into your home such as in the cupboard under the kitchen sink or in a downstairs toilet.
- Turn on all your cold taps to drain the system.
- Keep an eye on your ceilings. If water has been leaking for a while, there may be damaged plaster waiting to fall. If the water starts to bulge carefully make a hole in the ceiling to let water out.
2. Turn off water heating systems
- Switch off your central heating, immersion heater and any other water heating systems. If the central heating uses solid fuel, let this die out.
- Once your water heating has shut down, turn on the hot taps to help drain the system.
3. Turn off the electrics
- If water leaks near anything electrical – lights, sockets or appliances – don’t touch them.
- Switch off the electricity supply straight away.
- Electrical wiring damaged by water can be very dangerous and you will probably need to call in a professional to repair any damage.
4. Call a professional