Water tempreture is heavily effected when something else is on in my home.
For instance, if someone is showering and another person turns on a sink the
water in the shower goes very hot. The home was built in the early '70's.
I did not have this issue with a different home, built in mid '80's.
Is this fixable?
Far too many variables to give any definite answer.
If hot water is supplied from a coil in a boiler, pressure drops
can make huge differences in temp.
Could be caused by corroded piping which is greatly reducing flow
when another fixture is in use.
Ask neighbors with similar homes if they have/had the problem
and if they have solved it. Get references for local plumbers
who might look into it for you.
The problem with asking neighbors if they have the same "problem" is that it's
only an issue relative to what one is used to and is willing to accept.
MOST people I know who grew up in typical suburban tract housing (And it's ALL
tract housing no matter how stately the home or prestigious the neighborhoods
became) knew better than to turn on any water while someone was in the shower.
Moving from a home with a 1 & 1/2" water main and an 80 gallon gas water heater
and all 3/4 inch plumbing homeruns to a manfold -to- a home with all 1/2"
plumbing T'd off itself and a 5/8 water main and a coil inside an oil burner
can be a real eye opener. Perfectly normal for some, absolutely unacceptable
For the shower, you could install a pressure-equalizing mixer that
balances the hot and cold; I put one in and solved that portion of the
problem. I think they are required by code now for new construction.
Since the shower is the only place people are likely to get scalded, I
think people don't worry about solving the problem elsewhere. I'm not
sure of the dates, but I would guess your home built in the 80's had
one, while that built in the 70's didn't.
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