Hot and Cold

26 September 2008

One often hears or reads of a problem of no hot water, where water will flow from the hot-water tap, but it won't be hot water.

Early this morning, I had a rather more unusual experience of no cold water. Water flowed from the cold-water taps, but it was scalding hot.

The problem seemed solved later, but when I was showering this after-noon it briefly recurred — not something that one especially wants during a shower.

Evidently a valve failure caused an input pipe to function as an output pipe. I wonder how far up-stream the hot water got.


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