The cold water tap on my bath has stopped working. It was fine, then
one evening I turned it on and there was a very small trickle of
water, which then stopped. Now there's no water coming out at all.
All the other taps in the house are fine.
We just purchased the house and are thus very house-poor, so are
hoping we can fix this ourselves. Any hints on what the problem might
be, and how difficult it will be to fix? We're far from being experts
- to give you some idea, we've yet to work out how to actually turn
the water supply off to do this (think it might be in the loft, will
be looking this weekend)!
The most likely place to find that tap is under the sink, or in the
cupboards under the stairs. But I'm not totally convinced that the stopvalve
is closed, at least one tap in the house, probably the kitchen sink cold
tap, should be fed from the rising main. Is/are the toilet cistern(s)
filling up after flushing?
How old is the property?
On Sat, 18 Jun 2005 08:22:40 +0100, GlintingHedgehog
It's more likely that the washer & housing has seized in the tap.
Usually caused by overtightening the tap when it starts dripping.
A new washer should sort it.
Is there an inline shut-off valve to the tap?
I would have thought there would be in a house which is relatively
If you can't find your stopcock (under the sink usually), you can turn
the mains off in the street usually.
You will also have to drain the tank off first via another tap. If you
can't find a means of turning off the incoming supply you will have to get
into the loft and tie up the ball valve. Unless you are really lucky and
have Supataps (identified where supply pipe enters top of tap and
know/outlet are one piece) on which repairs can be made without shutting off
(If you can't laugh at life, it ain't worth living!)
Oh thank goodness. I was staring at it thinking my knowledge was even
poorer than I'd thought LOL
Will hunt down the stopcock (after I've caught up on laundry!) and
see what I can do. The plan is not to do anything I'm not 100%
certain of until tomorrow afternoon, because at least then if I have
to phone a plumber, I can leave the water off until Monday morning
and avoid paying weekend rates!
Thanks to all for your help - will let you know how I get on.
Okay, well here's your laugh for this evening :-)
My husband took the top of the tap off and replaced the "springy
thing" that apparently popped off it about a week ago. Note: this is
the first I've heard about this "springy thing"! - apparently at no
point did it occur to him that its absence and the lack of water
flowing might be connected!
And whaddya know...we have cold water. Never even got around to
checking out the attic...
Well done on the springy thing front. I have no idea what the springy thing
is, my taps haven't got them.
Now for safety's sake in future, just make sure you know where
the shutoff tap(stopcock) is. When you need it, you'll probably need it
NOW!!!! There will be children screaming, the lights will be out, and water
will be pouring through the light fittings in the ceiling. All right, that
is the worst case scenario, but it can happen.
As I said before, it may be under the sink, under the stairs, in the meter
cupboard or in a box on the outside wall of your house. Somewhere there is a
pipe bringing water from the mains outside into your property. This is
called the rising main. Given that the property is fairly young, this will
almost certainly be a blue plastic pipe, 1"-1.5" (outside) diameter There
will be a brass or plastic tap on it, and then the piping will probably be
copper. You need to make sure you can operate this tap. Turn it off all the
way, turn it back on all the way, then turn it just a half turn towards off
again. This stops it getting jammed against the back stop. Doing this every
couple of months means that it is likely to remain usable for when you need
And for the same reasons you also need to know how to turn off the
electricity and the gas.
LOL - my taps do, and I still don't know what it is!
BTDT - we had a major flood in a house we had just moved into a few
years ago. Middle of night, baby screaming, and yes - water pouring
through ceiling (into the basement where all our moving boxes were
stored...) Not Fun. The insurance claim - for construction work and
replacement of stuff - ran into several tens of thousands.
Thanks for all of this; I'm sure it will make it much easier to
No gas, and we've already figured out the electricity.
Thanks for all the help - this is a great group, and I will no doubt
return with more (possibly dumb) questions shortly :-)
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