Trying to be a good landlord
April 2, 2012 8:29 AM Subscribe
I just bought a new condo (yay!) but the shower water is not ideal (boo!). It gets almost
hot, but not quite. I know that I can adjust the temperature on the water heater in the basement, but the water in the rest of the house gets very hot, so I feel like there's something shower-specific.
From Googling, it sounds as though there's probably a blockage. Can you explain to me, like I'm a child, how (and if) I can deal with this?
I am brand-new to owning, so I am not at all handy and I am slightly afraid of breaking things. Is this something that I can deal with myself? If so, what steps should I follow? (Do I need to turn off the main water shutoff? If so, can I just... do that, or is there anything I need to be worried about, in a "whatever you do, don't let the XX get dry!" kind of way?)
I looked at this page
, but I don't even understand the terminology (cartridge, etc), so if someone could walk me through it very slowly, I would really appreciate it!
More info: The shower is in a bathtub; the control and the showerhead are at one end, and the bathtub faucet and stopper are at the other end. The showerhead is the kind on a hose that you can hold in your hand. The water coming out of the bath faucet seems to get hotter than the shower water, but I don't think it gets as hot as the water in the rest of the house.