How to keep bath water warm? You rely on your faucet to deliver running hot water for everything from bathing/washing dishes to cooking or preparing tea and coffee.
Still, when you find that the warm water doesn’t seem to run hot no matter what temperature you choose, it may be time to call a plumber.
When a single-handle faucet fails to deliver adequate hot water, symptoms will vary depending upon the source of the problem, which could be in the faucet or the system’s pipes.
Since most of us don’t have a clue as to what makes our plumbing systems tick (but we do know how to turn them on and off!)
Here are two simple scenarios that might shed some light on the root causes of this relatively common problem.
How To Keep Bath Water Warm
If you end up in a hot tub that’s not quite hot enough, there are some things you can do to keep it temperate if needed.
This article should give you five easy tips for how to keep your bath water warm:
1. Adjust the Temperature Limiter
Before you suspect mineral deposits, make sure your faucet’s temperature limit adjustment isn’t turned too low. Remove the handle by turning it counterclockwise with a screwdriver or hex wrench.
On most faucet models, the limiter is a plastic disk that fits over the stem and prevents you from turning the faucet handle too far in one direction.
The disk can easily lift off to reveal a series of small holes; rotate it to adjust the water temperature up or down.
Depending on your specific model, clockwise rotation typically increases water temperature while counterclockwise decreases it; check your owner’s manual for specifics.
2. Cleaning the Valve and Seat
One of the most common causes of a slow or insufficient flow is mineral deposits. You can check inside the valve to see if there are minerals present.
Suppose you can’t see any, but your water supply contains them typically in significant amounts.
In that case, it’s recommended that you clean the parts with vinegar and follow up with an overnight soak in vinegar to ensure all minerals have been thoroughly removed.
We also recommend that you clean this area frequently as not correctly maintaining it may give rise to durability issues.
3. Hard Water Blues
Suppose your bathtub water problem developed gradually and gradually accumulated in hot water faucets. In that case, it could be due to hard water.
Which is characterized by a relatively high amount of dissolved minerals usually coming from either the home’s plumbing or local groundwater seeping into the pipes.
These minerals tend to collect in the small openings inside faucet valves, restricting water flow. The hot water side is more likely to get affected due to its higher temperature compared to cold tap water.
While these mineral deposits usually do not immediately affect outward appearance or functionality, they can promote reactions that cause the formation of sticky mineral deposits.
These deposits don’t have to be visible or interfere with the actual passage of hot or cold bathtub water for them to contribute significantly towards a loss of overall function and efficiency in turning this precious resource into usable energy.
4. Getting the Faucet Apart
Once the bathtub has been emptied, remove the faucet handle.
Once removed, either you can use a screwdriver at a nut that’s located in the center of the handle or locate a pin that happens to be over on the side and then reach behind to pull it out.
The whole fixture should slide right out with some pliers or by attaching this piece back into its first position and pushing/pulling again until it is fully secure once more.
There may be mineral deposits holding this fixture in place if it seems stuck, but that is typically what causes this situation.
5. Keep the Door Closed
There are plenty of times when you’ll find yourselves saying, “We never left the door open before a shower or bath,” and we couldn’t agree more with you.
But this time around, the issue isn’t about privacy; it’s about warmth. A closed-doors door keeps the heat in during a hot water tub experience and keeps steam from escaping, which would keep the bathroom warmer for a more extended period.
If your curtains are also drawn shut, that will help keep warm air from escaping, but if there are no gaps, you can try leaving them open – it might cause condensation, though, but that won’t make a considerable difference, at least.