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Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.

preparing for plumbing emergencies

3 Ways To Prevent Sudden Temperature Changes In The Shower When Someone Flushes A Toilet

Veronica Torres

One of the most annoying experiences anyone can have while taking a shower is when the water suddenly drastically changes. There's nothing quite like leisurely lathering up with your favorite soap or shampoo and then suddenly feeling like someone dumped a bucket of icy-cold or scalding-hot water over your head. The sudden temperature difference is enough to give you a jolt that will have you perched vicariously with your tiptoes on the ledges of the tub while trying to avoid the icy (or hot) water as it streams from the shower head. 

In some households, this is such a problem that family members tell each other before heading into the shower so someone doesn't unknowingly use water and cause the temperature difference. However, doing this can, instead, be a welcome invitation for pranks in a household with people in a strange and dynamic relationship that is often referred to as adolescent sibling rivalry. Fortunately, there are a few things that can be done to get rid of this common plumbing problem. Here are a few ideas. 

Balance It Out 

When a faucet it turned on or a toilet is flushed, it causes the water pressure in a line that is already being used to change. For example, when cold water is turned on at the faucet in the kitchen, this can reduce the amount of cold water available for the shower head. This, in turn, causes a reduction in the amount of cold water, which causes the water to get extremely hot in the shower. Another example is when cold water pressure increases in a line when a toilet is flushed. The shower that is located in the immediate line can suddenly become overwhelmed with cold water. 

To keep these sudden temperature changes that occur due to fluctuations in water pressure, install a thermostatic mixing valve at each shower and/or bathtub. These devices will prevent a sudden and extreme temperature change by controlling the mixture of cold and hot water coming out of the faucet. 

Go Low Flow 

Another idea is to install a low flow toilet. This is a new type of toilet that is meant to reduce the amount of water that is used to flush. With less water being used to flush, the water pressure change shouldn't be drastic enough to cause a significant change in the shower water temperature. 

An affordable way to go low flow is to simply adjust the water valves that are located underneath each sink and toilet. Close the valves slightly to effectively reduce the amount of water that those pipes are able to use at any given time. This helps prevent a sudden change in water pressure that causes sudden temperature changes. 

Size It Up 

Of course, it's important to have piping that is appropriately sized and correctly installed. You can hire a plumbing contractor to study the layout of your plumbing and conduct water flow tests at each problematic faucet throughout your house. The diameter of the pipes can be a leading factor in problems that you have with water pressure and temperature. Increasing the diameter of the pipe can allow more water to be used at any given time without negatively affecting any of the faucets. 

Also, you may have a trunk and branch system, which means one line handles multiple fixtures. While this typically works well for some homes, it may not work well for your particular family, and you may, instead, benefit from installing more plumbing runs to handle the same fixtures. An example of this is when a guest bathroom is connected to the same trunk and branch network as the master bathroom. For more information, contact a business such as Clean Plumbers BY Phillip Maurici Plumbing Inc.