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Old 07-26-2012, 07:02 PM   #16
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My guess is, left the heat tape on, and in turn made it warm.

Up in Alaska, they warm the water to keep it from freezing, along with running it through a recirc system also.

It gets this hot, the chillers cannot keep up, to keep water cool enough in buildings, etc. Been in too many areas that it was 80 degrees in the water, our ship water chillers did nothing, due to they used sea water to cool potable water for drinking, etc.

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Nope, no heat tape involved, that would have only made it warm for a few seconds, not HOT for a long time.... like it did.... in sub-zero weather.... you guys are going to laugh when I tell you....

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Old 07-26-2012, 08:38 PM   #18
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Now I want to know what made Dangers pipe warm up in the winter----riddles---love a challenge--
I live in Santa Rosa ,CA that would be northern CA. Does that help ?
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You guys have had seasonally cooler temp, but unlike the Midwest, your water lines are closer to the surface, which means that the water can still be warm, due to warm ground temps.

How warm are we talking for your cold water temps, when you place a thermometor in the stream? Is it also warm at your outside water faucet?
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...and how long does it stay warm? Does it cool off eventually?

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You guys have had seasonally cooler temp, but unlike the Midwest, your water lines are closer to the surface, which means that the water can still be warm, due to warm ground temps.

How warm are we talking for your cold water temps, when you place a thermometor in the stream? Is it also warm at your outside water faucet?
It is 80 degrees both inside and outside.
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...and how long does it stay warm? Does it cool off eventually?

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I think I'm doing this right, I think I better read how to reply again. Sorry people
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Do you have a recirculating pump on the hot water system?
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No we don't have a recirculating pump.
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What if you shut off the valve to your water heater, and then try the faucets?
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What are single control faucets ? If you mean where there is just a single spout with the 2 controlling handles the hot and the cold then I guess they're not single control but dual. Well we do have one that is single control the one in the kitchen. But they all do the same thing with the water.
I'll ask again, do you have any tub/shower valves or faucets with only one knob that controls both hot & cold (single handle faucet)?
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Yes we have one of those in our kitchen,and oh yea one in our shower and one in the bathroom sink, those 2 are in the same Brm. The 2nd bathroom has dual controll.

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Your piping does not happen to run through the ceiling does it, or through a crawl space open to the air? In other words, not on a block foundation, but just material covering the sides? Looking at the air temps for last week in your area, it would explain the warmer water temps. My water temps were around that last two weeks, due to the consecutive high temps we had, that would not allow the ground to cool off.

It was so hot out here, that if you sprayed water on the ground, steam would rise off it. Finally broke for us, and looking at the OP temps, looks like their area finally broke for daytime temps, to lower air temps.

You can also go next door to your neighbor's and explain your experiment to give you a base to go by, if you want to rule out what I stated before at the beginning as some think is far fetched, even though it is not, and would better explain why you are seeing warm "cold" or non-heated water temps.

Unless you are pulling water directly from a deep ground well, any piped water system is going to grab heat from the ground, since it acts like a geo-thermal system.
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ok I just found another one in our shower in the 2nd bathroom as well. What does it all mean ?

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