One of the most aggravating plumbing issues is a lack of hot water. After all, there's nothing more frustrating than stepping into a warm shower that quickly turns cold as you struggle to rinse the soap out of your hair without freezing to death. Instead of racing to shower before the rest of your household, why not just fix your hot water problem? If you don't know where to start, here are some ideas.
Check the Thermostat
Your hot water heater has a thermostat that works a lot like the one for your heat and air. It's usually a dial found on the side of the tank. When the dial is cranked up, the water in the tank will heat up to a higher temperature. Next time you step in the shower, you can get the same warm water you've been using all along by mixing more cold water with less hot water, thus ensuring your hot water lasts for a while.
Stop Using Hot Water Unnecessarily
Make sure you're not using hot water for unimportant tasks, like washing clothes. Most laundry will get perfectly clean if you use cold water, so turn the dial on your washer to the cold setting for everyday use. You can also use less hot water by running your dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand.
Insulate Your Pipes
If they're not already, take a little time to insulate your hot water pipes. You can buy insulating wrap at your local home improvement store for very little money. Simply wrap it around the hot water pipes in your home and secure with tape. If you're not very DIY savvy, a plumber can do this for a reasonable price, as well.
Replace Your Hot Water Tank
As a last resort, you can always buy a bigger, newer hot water tank. If you're losing hot water rapidly, the problem may lie with an old tank or one that's too small for your home. If the tips above don't solve the hot water shortage in your home, try buying a new tank instead. They're aren't as expensive as other large appliances, like an air conditioner or heater, and sometimes discounts are available through your local utility company.
Living without adequate hot water is annoying and cold. By investing a little time and/or money in your home, you can fix your plumbing issues and enjoy a long, hot shower as a reward for all your efforts. If you need help fixing any problems with an existing water heater or choosing a new one, contact a local plumbing company like Absolute Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Services Inc.