Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
If you're like most people, you probably love being able to take a nice, hot shower on the fly. However, you might find that your water heater simply doesn't produce enough hot water for your needs. You might think that you need to replace your water heater, and this could be the case. There are a few things that you can do to make the hot water last longer in your home without replacing your unit, though.
If you want to be able to enjoy longer showers without running out of hot water, give these tips a try:
1. Insulate Your Water Heater and Pipes
You can purchase covers that are used to cover your water heater and your pipes to help cut down on heat loss. If your pipes are kept warm, you won't have to worry about the water cooling down too quickly before it reaches your shower, sink or other plumbing fixture.
2. Install New Plumbing Fixtures
If your shower heads and sink fixtures are older, they probably use up more water than they should. Newer plumbing fixtures, such as new shower heads, can provide you with ample water pressure without actually using as much hot water. Not only can this help your hot water last longer, but it can also cut down on your water bill and your family's impact on the environment as well.
3. Install a Separate Storage Tank
You can have a plumber install a separate water storage tank alongside your water heater. Then, your family will always have a larger supply of hot water on hand for when you need it. This is a great way to increase the amount of hot water that you have on hand without actually replacing your existing unit.
4. Try a Tankless Water Heater
Next time that you replace your water heater, consider installing a tankless water heater instead. A tankless water heater heats water on demand rather than heating and then storing it, so you will have an endless supply of hot water. You can also install a tankless water heater in just one part of your home, such as by connecting a smaller unit to your shower.
As you can see, there are things that you can do to make the hot water in your home last longer. These are a few helpful tips that can allow you to enjoy longer showers without worrying about your water running out. If you need more help, read more and contact professionals for help.