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Tips To Help Cool Down Your Home’s Tap Water

No one likes getting warm tap water this time of year, so here are some tips to help make your tap water colder!

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It’s always a frustrating experience when warm water comes from your sink’s cold tap, and a lot of people will simply keep running their tap as long as possible to hopefully see the water cool down. What unfortunately happens is that people will continue running their taps to only find that the water continuously runs warm!

This issue wastes your home’s water supply, your energy and your money. Below are some tips to help you cool down your home’s tap water, as well as fully eliminate warm water problems during the summer:

Why Exactly Does Warm Water Sometimes Come Out Of A Cold Tap?

A lot of newer homes in Northern Utah have made the switch to plastic pipes from metal pipes. Although plastic pipes are budget-friendly, they’re also more cheaply designed and don’t have the same type of insulation that metal pipes do. A lot of plastic pipes will also run through a home’s attic space, which heats them up a ton and causes cold taps to end up running warm during the hot summer months.

Some other common causes for warm water coming from cold taps is intermingling pipes, and this refers to the dilemma in which hot water pipes end up crossing over cold water pipes. There are many plumbing issues that can result from intermingling pipes, including heat trap issues, loose valves and cartridge damages.

Tips To Help Cool Down Your Home’s Tap Water

The first thing you should know about this common summertime plumbing dilemma is that you’re not going to solve this issue by simply running your tap for longer periods of time. This is simply going to waste water and run up your utility bills, and it’s also not eco-friendly. When your cold tap water is running warm, you’re always going to be better off taking a permanent approach to your solution.

Below are some tips to help you make the proper permanent solutions to fully resolve your lack of cold water:

  • Trying feeling your sink’s pipes, and particularly hone in on the temperature of the pipes. If your pipes are feeling warm, you’ll need to begin tracing the pipes back to where the issue is originating. For the most part, these issues will originate near a sink, but if not, then you’re inevitably going to need plumbing specialists to check things out for you.
  • You should then check out your faucet’s cartridge. Every modern sink faucet will feature a cartridge that helps divert the water supply, so if your cartridge is damaged, it could be why you’re experiencing hot water flowing from your cold tap. It’s pretty simple to at least check up on your cartridge’s integrity, because all you’ll need to do is unscrew your faucet and see if it’s damaged or not. If the cartridge is damaged, then you should have one of our sink plumbing repair specialists come replace it.
  • If your sink’s cartridge is working perfectly fine, then you could also try using a pipe wrench to tighten up the valve. Valve tightening is one type of preventative maintenance that should actually be done on a routine basis. Once you’ve gone through the above three tips, try turning your water on to see if it’s running as it should. If it’s still not functioning properly, you’ll need plumbing experts to help you dive deeper into your plumbing system.

Why Calling In The Plumbing Repair Pros Will Ultimately Solve These Problems

Even the most routine plumbing issues can be pretty intimidating, which is why it’s often best to put your trust in experienced hands when you’re going through a lack of cold water in your home.

At Beehive Plumbing, we’ll be sure to thoroughly inspect your home’s plumbing fixtures, pipes and faucets to quickly find your best solution. If you have any questions about why hot water is coming from your cold taps, contact us online or call us at 801-661-8155 to schedule an appointment with our team today!

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