Isolating water in apartment building

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    Isolating water in apartment building

    We are in the process of buying a top (3rd floor) apartment as cash buyers. On second viewing, we noticed a leak from a pipe in one of the bathrooms. We went to turn off the water but could not find the stopcock, which we had been told was in the hall cupboard along with the water meter. We flagged this with the solicitor. It came back as the leak had been fixed and the stopcock was in the hall cupboard. Have just been for final viewing prior to exchange and completion and found out the stopcock is not in the cupboard or under the sink or anywhere we could see. I asked a neighbour and said the only one was outside, on the road. We can't get to look under the cover as there is currently a leak there... Are there any advisories anywhere that suggest all apartments should be able to isolate their own water supply? How do we find out where the water enters the apartment to put in a stopcock if that's possible? Also, Is the stopcock outside likely to cut the water off for all the apartments - all 10? I should add we own another apartment in the same development but in a different building. That one is also top floor but has a stopcock under the sink.

    #2
    If there is a water meter for the flat then that will be on the main supply to the flat.
    Otherwise it wouldn't be metering all usage.
    Look again it may be an inline valve that you tu

    Fit a stopcock next/near to the meter, either side of the meter would do it depends on the space available.

    Use a pipe freezing kit so you don't have cut everyone off to do the job, because the one on the street probably cuts the whole building off.
    (Unless that's where your meter is).

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      #3
      There is a water meter - they are all outside, in the road too. Should we be OK to install a stopcock inside the apartment?

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        #4
        Not sure what went wrong there.

        I was saying that it may be a screwdriver turn valve next to the meter rather than a 'tap'.

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          #5
          OK in the road, there's probably a shutoff valve there next to the meter too.

          If you can find the main inlet to the flat then of coutse you can fit your own stoptap there.

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            #6
            That's the problem: we'd like one in the flat, not 3 floors down, across the road! The water company is supposed to be coming tomorrow so they might be able to shed some light.

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              #7
              Nothing to stop you fitting a stop cock where you main water supply enters the flat.
              It's essential -- just do it, call a plumber, of better still tell them you want £ 500 reduction for repairing the leak, fitting a stop cock, and clearing up the water in the flat.

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                #8
                Yes that's where we're at: they said they have repaired the leak - though we can't check as can't find out how to turn on the water - but I have it in mind to get a quote for fitting a stopcock and presenting it to them as they're wasting time... even the estate agent said they seem a bit strange; they've gone abroad and aren't due back any time soon, but still haven't handed over all of the keys, which they specifically said would be done, and is in black and white from the solicitor.

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