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!