Commonly Asked Questions by Homeowners

Q: What is a plumbing trap / p-trap?

Q: What is a plumbing trap / p-trap?

A: A plumbing trap is a U-shaped component that is required at every plumbing fixture. Its purpose is to prevent sewer gases from coming into the home or building by maintaining a water seal. It is important to have a properly installed drain and vent system for this to work properly.

Q: How do I identify my water heater (make, model, serial number and capacity)?

Q: How do I identify my water heater (make, model, serial number and capacity)?

A: Rating tags can be found on all units. Most of the time there is SO much literature that it can be difficult to see but if you look for it, it should look something like this:

Q: When I run my washing machine, dishwasher, shower or toilet I hear pipes banging. Is this something I should be concerned about?

Q: When I run my washing machine, dishwasher, shower or toilet I hear pipes banging. Is this something I should be concerned about?

A: The fixtures mentioned above have valves that are known in the industry as "quick closing" valves or solenoid valves. They quickly and suddenly stop water flow causing what we know as water hammer. A system experiencing hammer is like a car with no shocks. The vibrations are caused by water having no where to go which can lead to even worse hammer over time by loosening or breaking pipe clips, hangers or supports in the wall. It can even lead to fixtures prematurely failing as the water slams into the internal components of shower valves, faucets or toilet components. Worst case scenario a break or leak occurs due to a fitting or pipe coming apart or repeatedly hitting against an object in the wall or ceiling. If this is something you are concerned with and want to have handled, Akian Plumbing & Home Services can provide a solution.

Q: Why is my water bill so high?!

Q: Why is my water bill so high?!

A: If you find that you have a higher water bill than usual, first check your rates! If nothing has changed you may have a leak somewhere in your system. Perform the following steps to quickly check if you have a leak:

1.Make sure no fixtures are running (including washing machine and dishwasher).
2.Locate your water meter.
3.Identify the slow flow/leak indicator (pic below).
4.If this is spinning while nothing is running, you have a leak.
5.Contact Akian Plumbing & Home Services to schedule an appointment.
6.We will take care of the rest!

Q: What is the difference between a water heater and a boiler/furnace?

A: Water heaters create hot water for plumbing fixtures such as faucets, showers, dishwashers and washing machines. Boilers and furnaces are heating systems that heat your home or business. High-efficiency combination units also exist which does your heat AND hot water within one unit.

Q: How do I identify the type of water heater I have?

A: There are many different kinds of water heaters. Atmospheric tank type water heaters typically have a metallic exhaust that vents into your chimney. Power vent tank type water heaters have a PVC (plastic) exhaust that vents through the side of your home. Direct vent tank type units have two (2) PVC pipes that vent through the side of your home (1 intake and 1 exhaust). Indirect tank type units work by heating the domestic hot water through a coil that is inside of the tank and heated by the boiler water. Tank-less wall hung units are typically high efficiency units and require servicing every 1-2 years. High-efficiency combination units also exist which does your heat AND hot water within one unit. All of the units mentioned above are either heated through gas, electricity, indirectly (heated by boiler water) or utilize another fuel source. Click here to see pictures of these different types of units help you in identifying yours!