A soothing hot shower, first thing upon awakening, is one of life’s simple pleasures. But if you’re watching your water-and money-flow down the drain because your hot water is not quick enough, contact SOS Plumbing now.
There could be several different reasons why you’re not getting hot water as quick enough as you’d like:
- Water in the pipes: if you have a hot water tank it keeps a reservoir of water ready and waiting. But before you can access it, the system needs to flush the water sitting in the pipes not being heated.
- Length and width of pipes: the longer the pipes, the longer it will take for the hot water to reach you, and wider pipes require greater volume per inch lengthwise of piping, hence slower delivery.
- Weather: Even weather can affect how quickly you get hot water to your faucet, the ambient temperature of the air around the pipes affects the temperature of the pipes themselves, which is why on cold days it takes longer to heat-the-pipes, and keep enough heat to feel warm.
The average home can waste as much as 12,000 gallons of water per year just waiting for hot shower water to reach the bathroom. The further the hot water has to flow, the longer it takes to heat up the shower faucet.
There are two common hot-water solutions
The first, known as a complete hot water recirculation system, has a dedicated hot water line that runs from the furthest fixture back to the hot water heater, creating a loop. This system is the most energy-efficient.
The second option is a simple, and affordable, installation of a hot water retrofit system. The retrofit system has a pump connected to the hot water outlet side of the water heater and a crossover valve installed at the furthest fixture.
There’s no need to wait endlessly for your hot water to reach the shower when your trusted neighborhood plumber, SOS Plumbing, can fix it. Contact us now at www.sos-plumbing.com.