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Turned of water supply, water still running

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by steve119, 25 Jun 2007.

  1. steve119

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    Hi I'm having a new kitchen fitted, so in order to disconnect the sink, i have tried cutting off the water supply. I have fully turned the stopcock, and drained all the taps, and flushed the toilets, however the cold water tap in the kitchen is still producing water 5 hrs later, is there something i have missed??
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  3. JohnD

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    stopcock stuck and not turned fully off

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    the thing you found is not really the stopcock.

    Do you live in a house or a flat?

    Where is the stopcock? can you post a pic of it?
     
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    The stopcock, was under the sink, don't have a camera, so can't post a pic, however the best way to describe it is like a gold tap. I think it is fully off, as all the other taps have been drained and now water is Not coming out of them, and the toilets. It is just the one tap in the kitchen, water there is coming out very slowly.

    Should add i live in a house.
     
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    does it look like this, with a "T" handle and a slope on one side
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    or like this with a wheel head and no slope?
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  6. steve119

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    The first one, it's a T handle
     
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    it might be worn, or stuck. They do that. You could try opening it half a turn then re-closing. You may find a thick glove helps you apply more pressure unless you have very strong hands,

    As you live in a house there is a chance you will also find one in the front garden next to where the gate was when the house was built, or in the pavement outside.
     
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    I know there is one on the pavement, but you need a key to get to them, and i can't afford the plumbers call out fee. I am a bit confused as to why all the other taps have drained, but this one hasn't?
     
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    you dont need a key (like a lock and key) but you might need a tool to reach down the hole and turn it if you can't do it by hand. . You can get one in B&Q for £15 and possibly at a plumbers merchant for haf that. but look down under the cover first to see if it has a square shaft or a T handle. Cheaper than a plumber, eh? And you can use it to cut off the water when you replace that faulty stopcock.

    If there is very little water passing the valve, it will come out at the lowest tap. If you have a garden tap that's even lower, you could open that while you work on the kitchen tap.

    Have you tried opening and re-closing it?

    How long does the tap take to fill a 2-gallon bucket?
     
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    I tried openeing and closing it, still no joy. Tried the garden tap outside, no water coming out of that. It's iust just the tap in the kitchen. It is just dripping out slowly, is this becuase there is still water in the system, and it is just draining itself? What i am wondering is, if i turn off the suply from outside, would i not still get the same problem, i.e there is still water in the system, and the taps just need to be left to run, till completely drained?
     
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    Its nothing to do with draining the pipes, its caused by a faulty stop cock like JohnD said.

    Scruffle
     
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    The water is still dribbling, which leads to my next question, will it still be possible to replace the kitchen sink, with the water still dribbling out of the tap? Thanks for all help so far.
     
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    Turn the water off at the outside stop cock. You can prise the lid open with a screwdriver and if the tap isnt too far down you can close it by hand.

    Hope this helps!

    Scruffle
     
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    if its dribbling could you "snatch" a ballofix on to the pipe?
     
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    Get a new stop tap ready and cut pipe and fit.
    Use a pushfit or compression and If you leave the stop tap open it wont spray everywhere then you can close it when on the pipe.
     
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