There are only a few times in life when cold showers are good — after mowing the lawn in the hot sun, after a long workout, and when you have a sunburn — and a few times it is acceptable — at a campground, in your first studio apartment, and in 1934. For the most part, warm running water and hot showers are a standard in modern America. Today, your Collinsville plumber is going to offer some practical advice on how to ensure your showers stay steamy. After all, if you choose to take a cool shower, that is one thing, but with modern plumbing, you should never be forced to!

Keep up with your water heater maintenance.

Homes are equipped with hot water heaters that work to warm cold water that enters your home’s plumbing system and route to your faucet on demand with the turn of the “hot” knob. A typical hot water heater will last anywhere from 10 to 15 years and are fairly low maintenance. Most homeowners make a nasty habit of not paying much attention to their water heaters until they are not performing the way they expect them to. Be proactive rather than reactive and keep up on water heater maintenance to prevent this situation. Read more about water heater maintenance in our last post, here.

Ensure your plumbing system is up to date.

In decades prior, running out of hot water was a thing that was to be expected. In a family of 4, if you were one of the last two to hit the showers, it was routine that they would be cool. Or, if your mom ran a load of laundry and you decided to shower and someone flushed the toilet, the hot and cold spikes would make you jump. Fortunately for us, residential plumbing has come a long way since we were kids. As homeowners, it is not unrealistic to expect a steady flow of warm water despite simultaneous demand. If your plumbing is more than 20 years old and your family is compensating for warm water shortages, contact your local plumbing company for a plumbing inspection.

Update your appliances.

If you’ve got old water hogs of a washer and dishwasher, you may have problems keeping warm water routing to faucets throughout the house. Check out your appliances to ensure you are using water-wise ones and that there are no leaks or problems. Some appliances may take minor adjustments to solve the problem, or you may be looking at upgrading to newer ones if the problems persist. It may even be a good idea to take a look at your water heater as well.

At Culler Plumbing Systems, we are dedicated to helping the residents of Collinsville and the surrounding Metro East Illinois area have all the access to hot water they deserve. If your home is coming up short and you’ve been taking more cool showers than you prefer, contact us for some practical, affordable solutions to your plumbing woes. Our plumbing technicians can help diagnose some problems over the phone and we come prepared with a fully stocked truck for everything else. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.