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Stop taps are often called stopcocks, most people will know them as stopcocks. A stop tap is often found on the rising water main of a property and is used to isolate the water supply. Normally there are two stop taps, one on the boundary of the property, which is the water companies responsibility and one on the inside of the property, which is the owners responsibility.


A stop tap is connected to the supply pipe by a compression nut and olive at each side of the tap. You can see from the picture Below that there is a directional arrow on the tap. The arrow must point in the direction of the flow of water.


stop tap components  
  1. Compression Nuts
  2. Direction of flow arrow
  3. Handle
  4. spindle
  5. Gland Nut


When opening a stop tap open it fully by turning it anti-clockwise as far as it will go and then turn it back half a turn, this will help to prevent it from seizing in the future!


There are a few common problems with stop tap's which we will look at in more detail in the pages below-


how to fix a seized stop tap How to fix a seized stop tap  


how to fix a leaking stop tap How to fix a leaking stop tap  


how to replace a washer How to re-pack a stop tap gland  


how to repack a gland How to replace a stop tap washer  
















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