Does your Cold Water Tap go Hot in Summer?

@jennybianca (12919)
Australia
January 6, 2010 9:04pm CST
Mine does. Whenever we have a heatwave, I cant get cold water. The cold water comes out almost boiling. It's certainly too hot to touch. I have to run it for at least 5 minutes to get some cold water out of it. Seems like a waste of water, but there's nothing I can do about it. The ground where the water pipes are laid heats up too much. Does this happen to your cold water in summer?
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@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
7 Jan 10
The only place I've had problems with the hot water was when I did a 4 week language course on Iceland. I'm used to the water in the pipes being cold or very cold, but since the water that comes out of the ground on Iceland is warm due to volcanic activity, the water was warm when we turned on the taps. Very confusing. Plus it smells slightly of sulphur, not a problem really but it took some days to get used to it.
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
That is unusual, for us that dont have naturally hot water due to volcanic activity; interesting though.
• United States
7 Jan 10
hmmm....that has never happened where I live, and I have lived all over my city. That problem really does sound like a waster of water being that you have leave it running for at least 5 minutes.
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
Yes, the waste bothers me.
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
7 Jan 10
hi jen, the tap water heats up here but not to the point of boiling. but still it gets hot. and some areas doesnt get supply when weather is hot. mostly water is abundant during the nights until early morning in some places. but i dont have any complain here in my place. ann
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
Why do some areas not get a supply of water when it is hot? That must be vgbery difficult for the people who live there.
• United States
16 Jan 10
when i lived in arizona,it never really seemed to get cold at all. it was always lukewarm at the least. here though it's the reverse it takes much longer to warm up.even in summer.
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
16 Jan 10
I can imagine Arizona is much like where I live. Where do you live now?
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• United States
16 Jan 10
new england. where we get 3 months of warm if we're lucky.
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@cerebellum (3872)
• United States
7 Jan 10
I have no problem getting cold water in the summer. I do have to let it run to get hot water in the winter. It gets below freezing here sometimes, and the water takes forever to get hot. I haven't had any frozen pipes yet at least. It does seem like a waste of water, but if your doing dishes or taking a shower, you don't want cold water, so you have to let it run.
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
7 Jan 10
It must be worse for you than me, if you get frozen water in winter.
• United States
7 Jan 10
The water gets so cold that in the winter if I get up in the night to go to the bathroom, I use Purell or some other hand sanitzer. Anything not to turn the cold water on and wake up more than necessary.
@nijolechu (1846)
• Canada
8 Jan 10
Yes, that does happen to me too. The cold tap water doesn't seem as cold during the Summer months. I guess the hot sunlight warms up the ground where the water pipes are or the geothermal heat being made underground. I do have to let it run for a while for it to get cold. It takes a long time for water to get hot during the Winter months too.
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
Yes, true about it taking a while for the hot water to get hot, in winter. Another waste of water, but theres nothing I can do.
@skyhawk3 (63)
• United States
7 Jan 10
Why no it doesn't, mostly it's the opposite. when its cold outside my cold tap water isn't just cold, it's freezing ! i don't understand it, they should make some sort of special pipes or some thing that stops the weather from the outside to affect the temperature of the pipes. although I've never had your problem it sounds like it really sucks. i can't imagine my cold water going hot, if there's something i hate is the burning hot feel on your skin or anywhere around me. summer is a time for cold things, well here in Texas it is, why don't you call your local water company or the city to see if there's something they can do to fix that big problem that your having. it really is unfair to you and to your family whom which you live in to have to survive the hot burning summer without cold showers to freshen you up and freshen up your house also. Thank you and i hope i at least helped you out a little bit.......=)
@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
It happens to everyone in Adelaide, so they are not going to fix it. It must be very difficult for you having freezing water in winter.
@cycle6060 (118)
• India
7 Jan 10
Ya the same thing happens in our place also, wish it was the other way around cold water in summer and hot in winter but what happens is the opposite.
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
Where do you live? In a similar climate to myself I guess.
@Java09 (3086)
• United States
7 Jan 10
Usually in the summer time ,I have to run the cold water for awhile to get it to come out cold enough.It makes me impatient when I have the dehydrated feeling and I'm standing there dying for a drink of water.
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
Could you keep a supply of water in the fridge?
@abhaijith (2851)
• India
7 Jan 10
Hi friend, its quite natural friend. If you notice it, you might be observing this during evenings. As the tank is placed at the teres the water would slowly get heated. It will be so slow process as the latent heat of water is huge and it require high amount of heat to boil a litre of water. So the water get heated and at evenings we get got water at the pipes. Its also observer when the tank gonna be empty as the hot water has low density and so it come at the top of the tank. Good topic. Happy Mylotting.
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
Thanks for explaining this. So dont you get hot and cold water at exactly the times you want?
@SHAMRACK (8350)
• India
7 Jan 10
Dear friend, At times we do get hot water during summer that too very rarely when it is too hot and also too cool water during winter. But even if we get hot water we do again heat make it suitable for consuming.
@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
Oh, so you havgbe to boli your water to make it safe?
@sacmom (14361)
• United States
7 Jan 10
Hi Jenny. Yes, the cold water tap gets hot at my place in the summertime. Like you, I have to let it run for a few minutes before it cools down. Wintertime isn't any better. Okay, so the cold tap doesn't get hot, but it is ice cold. So I have to take care to let it warm up as it can be murder on the hands otherwise! Ouch! Happy mylotting!
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
11 Jan 10
We havgbe just had four days of vgbery hot water, it wasnt evbgen possible where I weas staying to get a vgbery cold shower. You must live in a similar hot place to me.
@shibham (17027)
• India
7 Jan 10
Hi jenny, again with u. 100% in my home. It becomes like boiled water. So i go to near by river or pond for a bath and its an immense pleasure in summer.thanks.
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
7 Jan 10
Yes, I guess you get a similar heat to what I do. I have no river nearby to bath in.
@lelin1123 (15647)
• Puerto Rico
7 Jan 10
Yes living here in the state of New Mexico the water during the summer is warm not boiling though. So I have to add ice to all my drinks. When washing clothes I put the knob on cold water but its again warm water that comes out. The water may cool down a little bit when the sun goes down but it all depends on the temperature outside.
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
7 Jan 10
Yes, I believe New Mexico has similar temperatures to us. Makes it difficult for using water properly. With my washing, I did thge same as you today. For towels that I would have washed in warm water, I just run the fold tap.
• United States
7 Jan 10
I have never really noticed my water going hot in summer but I have on occasion notice that my hot water seems to get cold in the winter. There are many times when i go to get a shower in the morning and no one else has showered that day and it will be cold like someone has been in there the whole time hoggin up all of my hot water....and that sucks especially in the winter when it is so cold out.
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@jennybianca (12919)
• Australia
7 Jan 10
I can imagine. We can only heat up so much hot water, especially in winter. Family members need to be fair about this.
@GardenGerty (77623)
• Marion, Kansas
7 Jan 10
I do not have that particular problem. More likely my hot water will freeze in winter, which we are having right now. Brr. Just the opposite of you, I believe. This is a record breaking January as far as temperatures go this year. Any way you can shade the ground your pipes run through? I sure you would if you could.