06-12-2013 10:17 AM
Cool water from the shower head in the summer. I live in north Texas where the temperatures in summer get into the upper 90's up to 110. The intense sun heats the city water storage towers which result in the cold water coming out of the top at about 99-100 degrees. I don't have this problem when the outside temperature is moderate. Does anyone know how I can have a cool water come out of the shower head in the summer? I am prone to heat exhaustion and need to cool down in a cool/cold shower. I need this to be cost effective, no thousand dollar fix please.
07-09-2013 03:30 PM
Thank you for your question and welcome tour community. Usually, when water is piped to your home, the pipes run underground. Once the water arrives at your house, the water lines in many homes are run thru the attic space and then down the interior walls to your plumbing. The water will sit in the pipes in your attic until you turn the spout on. The radiant heat in your attic can reach temperatures of 130 plus degrees. I have experienced the same situation in my house out here in SoCal during those hot summer days.
To get cold water from you shower, the simplest way would be to just put a 5 gallon bucket under your bath tub spout and let the water run into it until it gets cool rather than just letting the water run down the drain. Use this water later when it cools down to give to the dog or to water your plants.
The other way to reduce the amount of radiant heat in your cold water pipes would be to insulate the pipes for your cold water. Your local Home Depot Plumbing Department should carry a type of foam insulation that can be wrapped around your cold water pipes in your attic. This foam insulation has an adhesive strip that must be sealed properly. Once that is accomplished, you will need to wrap the entire length of pipe with an aluminum tape to help reflect the radiant heat in your attic.
Since the attic temperatures can be extremely hot, it would be best to wait until late evening when the temperatures have had a chance to cool down. I have a fan up in my attic that I turn on to help vent the heat out of my attic when the outside temperatures get into the 90's. I recently had my roof replaces and had a "Rolled Ridge Venting" installed along with the new roof. This is designed to help vent excess heat out the top of the roof. It still gets hot up there but every little bit helps.
The Home Depot carries different types of vent fans that can be installed on your roof or on the attic vents, depending on the size of your attic.
If you are able to install an attic fan to help vent some of the excess heat in the attic, this will also help in reducing the radiant heat that is heating up your cold water pipes.
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07-10-2013 03:04 PM
Thanks for the advice. But, I'm thinking my pipes must not be in the attic, or, they are already wrapped for protection from freezing in the winter. Right now I am able to turn the shower on me as soon as the water comes out and it is cool. I turn on and off the water so I don't get the city water into the lines until the very end of the shower. But, we are just now getting temperatures into the 100 degree range. If history repeats, in about a week of 100+ degree temperatures, the water from the city will so be so warm, it will no longer cool me down to safety range.
I can't just let the shower run for the 20 min I am in the shower, it gets too warm. I'll run this insulated pipes solution by the property owner. Maybe, I just need to put the bucket in the tub, fill it with the warm city water and take a smaller bucket to pour it over me. I sure hoped there would be a more convenient way to take a cool/cold shower in the heat of summer.