Each property is fitted with a stopcock in the storage cupboard to enable the water supply to each individual property to be isolated.
Stopcocks are also located in the communal cupboards on each floor of the block. They are located here for the ease of being able to isolate the water supply to a property in the event that the occupier isn’t available at the time of an emergency.
Sanitaryware pipework within the property is fitted with isolation valves, meaning the water supply can be isolated to any fitting rather than turning the water off to the whole of the property via the stopcock. The isolation valves can be found for the supplies to the toilet, wash basin, kitchen sink, washer-dryer and dishwasher.
Wastewater from your kitchen and bathroom runs through the pipework directly into the drainage system. The legal owner is responsible for the care and maintenance of all the fittings and waste pipes within the property.
If you find that a wash basin, sink, bath or shower is taking longer than normal to drain, then you can use a chemical drain cleaner which is readily available from all good DIY stores. Alternatively, please seek professional advice. You can prevent the sinks and plug holes from becoming blocked by regularly cleaning them.
Important: Please refrain from putting food waste, oils or any fats into sinks as this may cause blockages. Do not dispose of anything other than toilet tissue in the toilets. The plumbing/waste system isn’t designed to be able to flush items such as nappies, wipes or sanitary items etc. Flushing non-flushable items down the toilet could result in an expensive blockage for which you could be liable.