If out of the blue, there isn’t any water flowing from your taps, or if the water pressure is somewhat low, you should try going through the steps below to try and find out what has happened and what you can do about it.
- First things first, ask your neighbours if they’re having any water related problems. If their water is still flowing as it always has done, then it’s probably only your home that is affected. If you’re living in a flat, contact your building maintenance service and let them know what has happened.
- Turn on your cold water tap in the kitchen, as this is where the main water supply normally enters into a home. Should there be water flowing from this tap, but not elsewhere (like in the shower or bathroom), you can be sure that the problem is with your interior plumbing.
- Could it be a ruptured pipe? This is a pretty common event and one may have burst somewhere which is out of your sight, as in a wall, basement, or even somewhere outdoors or underground. Try putting your ear against walls and listen carefully for any hissing sound of running water from pipes and if you need professional assistance, get in touch with Prestige Plumbers in Southampton for expert service.
- Locate and ensure that your stop valve is open. You should be able to find it under the kitchen sink, or in the airing cupboard, (In some older types of homes, under the floorboards near the front door). If for whatever reason the valve has been closed, fully open it. If right now you’re unsure about where the stop valve is, do the research now and find it, that way you will be prepared for any future occurrences.
- The external stop valve will also need to be fully opened. (If you know where it is) A number of homes share water supplies with neighbours, so contact them and ask them if they have been using the outside stop valve. (And here again, find out where the valves are located).
- Should you see any puddles of water on the floor beside your hot water system heater, it’s usually a clear indication that your tank has a leak. The problem could be a loose valve or a leaky pipe, however, if you can’t find any leaky pipes, you can try tightening the valve.
- During winter time, especially when it’s freezing outside, take a walk around your home and check for frozen pipes. During a cold snap, pipes can freeze, which make them much more likely to expand and rupture. If you do find a ruptured frozen pipe, learn now how to deal with it, or consult with plumbing professionals who can expertly deal with the problem and get things working properly again.
Get that Water Flowing!
If your water isn’t flowing like it used to, get it repaired as soon as possible, as we all love a cup of tea and a shower when we need it, right?!