We all appreciate that water is a valuable limited natural resource that we should all work to conserve. But how can you help but waste water when you are constantly forced to wait for the shower water to become at least somewhat warm? You stand there impatiently wondering if there is something wrong with your water heater or picture some massive water leak in your Savannah home’s plumbing. But then the hot water arrives, and you forget about the issue until it is time for another shower. Eventually, you become frustrated enough to start searching for some answers.
Poor Pipe Sizing
Something as simple as the size of the water lines in your home or the location of your water heater can have a significant impact on the water reaching your shower. It is rare for piping installed by a plumber to be too large. But it can happen on occasion. More likely, however, is the distance from your water heater to the shower.
If you notice it takes longer to feel hot water in the winter, the length of your water lines is to blame. The water remaining in the hot water lines after you turn off the water is going to cool down as it sits in the pipes. So when you turn the hot water back on, all that cold water must flow out of the shower before the new hot water reaches you. This is more noticeable in the winter when the ground and your home are both colder. Adding pipe insulation can help eliminate this winter annoyance.
If your shower is located a significant distance from your water heater, you might also consider installing a tankless water heater in your master bathroom. This unit will instantly supply hot water to your shower, tub, and sink in the master bathroom.
Did You Install A New Low-Flow Showerhead?
A low-flow showerhead mixes air with the water to help conserve water. But what you could be noticing is that it takes longer for your shower to use up the cold water that remained in the pipes. So it really is taking longer for the hot water to get to your shower, thanks to this new water-reducing showerhead. Reverting back to a standard flow showerhead is the only option other than installing a tankless water heater.
Sediment In The Water Heater Holding Tank
If your hot water is never feeling quite as hot as it once was, the issue could be sediment in your water heater. As the minerals and other particulates in your water settle into the lower part of the holding tank, they form an insulating layer of sediment. This blanket of particles covers the heating element in the tank and prevents it from heating the water as efficiently. The result is water that is less hot and soothing, as well as an increased cost to operate your water heater.
If your water heater has not been drained and flushed in the last 12 months, this simple process could be the solution you seek. Water heater manufacturers recommend that all tank-style water heaters be drained and flushed at least once each year. The process will eliminate sediment and prevent corrosion and damage to your water heater.
If you are unable to handle this service, call (912) 236-3333. The licensed plumbers at Thompson and Thompson can get the cleaning process completed quickly and very affordably. Not only will you enjoy hotter water, but you will also be extending the life of your water heater and avoiding potential leaks caused by corrosion in the holding tank.