Turning off your water as easily as turning off your lights….

Burst pipes, leaks and easy access for a poorly situated stopcock are all problems that can cause at the least, inconvenience and at worst water damage and a large bill. In fact in December 2010 there were over 100,000 insurance claims in the UK for burst pipes and water leaks with an average cost of £6700.00.

In most properties the stopcock is either hidden away at the back of a cupboard or hidden behind furniture and in some cases thehomeowner may not even know where it is. This can be a problem when you want to turn off the mains but a catastrophe if there is a bust pipe or leak with water cascading down the walls.

With Surestop turning off the mains water supply can now be done with a flick of a switch. With a range of British designed and manufactured switches, both on-pipe and remote, that use nothing more than water pressure to isolate the incoming mains water supply (so no batteries or electricity) there is a Surestop to suite every need.


Benefits for the consumer:

  • Easy access in the case of an emergency.
  • Easy operation, just a simple switch, and no more weeping stopcock spindles and stuck valves.
  • Peace of mind when leaving their property (home, caravan, boat, business etc).
  • No more struggling to turn off a difficult or stiff stopcock.
  • Unaffected by limescale.

Benefits for the installer:

  • Quick and easy install – push fit 15mm and 22mm fittings.
  • No more emptying cupboards or crawling behind work surfaces and panels to find the stopcock.
  • Compliance with the Lifetime Homes standards click here for more information.
  • No more surprises when the stopcock is stuck or doesn’t isolate the incoming supply.
  • Know where the mains isolation is, an end to guesswork.
  • Surestop Stopcocks are all WRAS approved for use as a stopcock.

And here are just a few facts which show the potential for damage:

  • Every year 1 in 8 homes in the UK is likely to suffer a burst pipe or water leak.*
  • 1 in 3 people in the UK do not know where their stopcock is located.**
  • Burst pipes and water leaks now cost the UK insurance industry more than claims for burglary or fire***
  • Some insurers are raising excess levels for water damage to £250 and more.****

Surestop stopcocks are a low cost solution to the many problems associated with traditional brass stopcocks and a perfect addition to any job of any size that will benefit both the customer and engineer.

We stock the two main types of Surestop:

SS/15/RPL – The Surestop Remote Stopcock is WRAS approved  for installation as a stopcock and  there is no longer a requirement to have a brass stopcock fitted alongside the Surestop, which will save costs and reduce installation time.

SS/15/SPL – The Surestop Stopcock is “a direct replacement for your brass stopcock”, and is WRAS approved for use as a stopcock.


Click here for the manufacturers website.

* Research undertaken by Halifax Home Insurance
** Research undertaken by AA Insurance Services
*** Industry statistics provided by the Association of British Insurers show that water damage claims resulting from leaks and burst pipes are increasing each year with £93 million paid out by the industry in 2008 compared to £35 million in 2005.
**** Figures provided by The British Insurance Brokers’ Association


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