Everybody has experienced issues with their water taps at least once in their lifetime, including the initial stress and anxiety that accompanies not knowing how to fix the issue at hand.
No water coming out of tap when turned on? Most people’s first instinct is to call a plumber, but depending on the time of day or your local plumber’s schedule, it may take a while before they can visit your property and examine the problem.
There are a number of reasons that could explain why there’s no water in the taps, ranging from dated tap fixtures to unpaid water bills.
Before calling a plumber when there is no water coming out of the tap at your home, here are a few different steps you can follow to determine whether or not the problem is serious enough that it requires professional plumbing help.
1. Check other taps in your home
Sometimes the issue is limited to just one tap as opposed to all of your taps throughout your home. Before calling a plumber it is important to check first exactly how many taps are affected by this water shortage. This determines whether it’s an isolated issue or if it’s a larger issue such as no water in the house. Once you determine how many taps are affected, you can assess the significance of the issue.
If it is just one tap that has a limited water supply, it may simply be a case of determining and investigating where the shortage is coming from on the individual tap. For example, your aerators may be blocked on the tap, which you can easily check as they are located at the tip of your water tap.
2. Ask your neighbours
If there’s no water coming out of all taps on your property, you should check with your neighbours to see if the issue is just subjected to your individual property or your whole neighbourhood or estate. If it is affecting a larger proportion of your neighbourhood, then it is safe to assume that the problem is much larger than initially anticipated. In this instance, you should call the local council to determine what the problem is and when it is expected to be resolved.
3. Replace your tap washer
If a tap washer is dislodged or damaged it can reduce your tap’s water flow to a slow trickle, before completely cutting it off. Excessive chattering or whistling noises coming from the tap are also potential signs that a washer has been dislodged. If you think this is the reason there’s no water in the taps, then you can attempt to fix it yourself (check the water supply is turned off first), or call a professional to fix it for you.
4. Check for water leaks and blockages
Leaks are a common cause of water seemingly disappearing from your taps. Cracks and punctures in your waterline can create water leaks that affect your water flow, these are often created by branches, debris and other natural products finding their way into your drains. This could potentially be why there is restricted or no water coming from the taps and fixtures. In this instance, it is advisable that you call the team of professionals at O’Shea Plumbing to discuss how to resolve this issue.
Similar to leaks, a blockage in the pipes could be restricting or stopping the flow of water to your fixtures. Often caused by a build-up of sediments in the pipes, like rust, limescale or debris. If you suspect a blockage in your pipes, call O’Shea Plumbing immediately as pipe and drain blockages can lead to larger plumbing issues if not addressed.
5. Check the valves in your home
Your water supply may have been turned off at your isolation valve. This is located next to your water meter which is usually placed out the front of your home. If you are living in an apartment complex, check with your landlord to see where your standalone system is located. If it is turned off, it may simply be a case of turning it back on so water is restored throughout your home.
If none of the above is indicating why there is no water coming out of your taps, then it’s also a good idea to check your water bill has been paid. Water companies don’t usually completely shut off your water at the first sign of overdue payments. More than likely, your water pressure would initially be reduced as a sign to indicate that you have not paid your bills. If you have been notified by your water company that you haven’t paid your bills and have experienced restricted water flow recently, then more than likely this is the reason why your water has been cut off.
Often the first reaction when something goes wrong with the taps in our home, is to call a plumber. However, more often than not the problem is usually quite minuscule and can be solved by following these simple steps and procedures.
For when the problem is more serious than what we’ve listed above, the team at O’Shea Plumbing are more than willing to help you out.