As we come into the middle of Wellington's frosty Winter months, there's a problem we all face that's as common as a cold.
You'll be huddled in your nice warm shower, and someone will do the evil deed...flushing the toilet. Suddenly there's a scorching burst of far-too-hot water or stinging icey cold water. Your whole shower is ruined! Why does this happen and what can your Wellington plumber help you do about it? Read our latest blog to find the answers to the icey aftermath of a flush!
What's the deal?
Your shower temperature's dramatic change that occurs when someone flushes a toilet has everything to do with your home's water pressure.
Picture your plumbing system as a tree with a trunk and branches. If any of the branches require water (a shower, a washing machine load or a flushing toilet), then water across all the branches will suddenly be affected as less of it is available. This can cause the sudden burst of boiling water as cold water is sent to the toilet, shortly followed by a burst of freezing cold water as it returns to your shower pipe.
What do I need my local Wellington Plumber to do?
So are you now required to replace all the pipework in your house? Not necessarily! Your Wellington pipework is most likely dated and running on old dodgy systems such as the trunk and branch one described in this blog. To fix your Wellington water problem, your plumgber will simply need to install a thermostatic mixing valve. This valve will comfortably control the water's flow in your home, meaning a sudden lack or increase in hot or cold water will be comfortably managed before it flows through your shower head.
Does this sound like a plumbing problem you'd like fixed? Talk to the team at Maxey Plumbing Wellington to get your shower running warm this winter...and staying that way!