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Common Supply Work

A common supply pipe system is one that carries drinking water from the mains to two or more properties using a single stop tap. This effectively means that you share the supply pipe that branches off the mains with your neighbours.This is typical for terraced and older properties although some semi –detached houses have this system.

These supply pipes are usually made of lead or iron and are often too small in diameter to meet the needs of modern kitchens and bathroom or indeed combination boilers. If you have this type of system you may notice that you have poor water pressure and inadequate water flow and this will be intensified at peak times when your neighbours are using the water.

How to identify if your supply pipe is shared

  • Attempt to locate your external stop tap. If you have a water meter that corresponds to your bill you may have a separate supply.
  • With permission from your neighbours isolate the stop tap and see how many properties it affects.
  • If your stop tap is outside or within the boundary of a neighbouring property you may have a shared supply.
  • If you are unable to locate a stop tap or it is inoperable we recommend that you contact your local water authority.

If your investigation identifies that your supply pipe is common (Shared) then we highly  recommend that you consider having a independent service pipe installed. It is likely you will be experiencing difficulties in the home as a consequence of your common supply system however Pipeline Services can provide the solution. if you would like to discuss our common supply replacement service or would like a free quotation then please get in touch.

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