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Plumbing FAQs

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Most people don’t give their plumbing much thought; that’s understandable because when it’s working, you don’t need to give it much attention. However, when things go wrong, that’s when you take notice of your plumbing system and might be asking yourself questions you don’t have the answer to. We want to help, so we’ve listed some of the most commonly-asked plumbing questions!

How do I know if I have a hidden leak?

Check your water meter (it should be located somewhere around your shut-off valve), and don’t use the water for a few hours. If the water meter has moved, you probably have a leak somewhere.

How do I check my home’s water pressure?

Residential water pressure should not exceed 80 pounds per square inch (PSI). You can call your local water company to find out what your water pressure is, or you can buy a water pressure gauge for a few dollars at your local hardware or home improvement store.

Do all faucets and water-based appliances have a shut-off valve?

Every sink, shower, toilet and water-driven appliance (including water heaters) should ideally have their own shut-off valve. This ensures that, if there is a leak in one, you still have access to water in other parts of the house. If there is not a shut-off valve for each, you might consider having a plumber install one. Be sure you know where each shut-off valve is located and how to use it.

These are just some of the questions our plumbers hear almost daily. If you have any other plumbing-related questions, the professionals at Michael’s Plumbing would love to help you! Please give us a call at (407) 219-9772 or ​schedule an appointment online.

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