Leaking or burst pipes or appliances can cause significant damage to a home and it is vital that you are able to stop the water as quickly as possible. All homes will have a stop tap which cuts off the supply of water to the pipes within the property. This tap is usually located in the home but there is also often one outside but you need a specialist tool to turn the tap off.
It is surprising how many homeowners do not know where the stop tapis located. Often they do not even think about it until they have an issue where they need to turn off the water supply quickly, and cannot find the tap.
It is important to find out where the tap is as soon as possible when you first move into a property (asking the previous owners is always a good idea) and making sure that all adults or older children who live in the house know how to turn it off. This means in an emergency situation you do not have to waste time and can help reduce the amount of damaged caused to the house and property within it.