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Hot and Cold Shower Temperatures: Why You Should Reroute a Leak

It’s a struggle to be awake on Monday mornings (we know). It’s even harder when your shower won’t cooperate with you and commit to a steady warm temperature. Is your shower “hot and cold”? Is it “yes and then no”? Is it “up and then down”, so “wrong when it’s right”? Take back your mornings and (sing along Katy Perry time)!

Do you need to reroute a leak?

Let’s start by making sure that the water heater’s working fine. This will let us know that the mixing valves and heater are connected within your home. The next step is to make sure that the main water line is steady. A pressure gauge can tell you if the city water line has a bad regulator. If all is well after these checks, you might be looking at a leak!

These leaks usually manifest themselves as damp spots on your bathroom wall or ceiling, but can even be the cause of hot and cold shower temperature fluctuations. It is better to call for professional help instead of trying to fix this issue on your own. However, there are things you can do to mitigate the situation!

How do I reroute a leak?

Check and clean the shower valve, or replace it if need be. Also, if water backflow seems to be the cause of the problem, install a mixing valve near the water heater and then adjust the hot water temperature as per your home’s needs.

The erratic water temperature can also be caused by a broken water line. The water may be the perfect temperature when it makes its way to your shower, but while on its way it just seeps into the walls or floors because of the broken, damaged or blocked waterline. The problem is caused when the water lines get too old and collapse on themselves. Mineral deposits accumulated over the years can corrode the lines or disable the pressure regulator entirely. In cases like these, complete pipe replacement or re-routing seems like the only viable option.

The procedure itself is simple, in theory. Rerouting involves passing the pipes and lines buried within the concrete slabs of your house completely. Instead, your plumber installs brand new lines to your home’s fixtures and those old lines are closed forever. This is less expensive and invasive than having to replace those old pipes in their entirety. It’s also less messy as concrete slabs don’t need to be cut in order to lay the new lines.

You should reroute a leak to ensure a healthy water supply!

There is an intricate network of water supply lines, drains and vents underneath your floors and in your walls. This is what makes up your entire home’s plumbing system. Older homes have galvanized piping for clean water and cast iron pipes for sewage. Both of these tend to rust and block up with age.Only those with plumbing license are allowed by law to reroute a leak.


Re-routing can once and for all solve all your issues related to clean water. It gets cleaner; losing any colors or bad odors you may have seen previously, the water pressures increases significantly as you invest a significant amount of time and money in your home. It is important for homeowners to enlist the right kind of help to ensure that their water lines aren’t affected by poor installation techniques. Give Deer Valley Plumbing a call today to reroute a leak in your Phoenix home! 602.832.8418

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