Ed the Plumber: A small secondary water heater or recirculating system can speed things along.

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Q: I installed a beautiful kitchen faucet and it got me thinking about solving an existing plumbing issue. We’re on a concrete slab with the water heater located in the garage. The kitchen is on the other side of the house and we have to run the faucet a long time to get hot water. I’m tired of the wait — any ideas?

A: Once hot water cools off, it needs to be cleared out of the line to get new hot water to the faucet. The longer the water line, the longer the wait for hot water.

Basically, you have a couple choices to help you with this issue. First, look into installing a point-of-use water heater under the kitchen sink. These small electric water heaters supply hot water quickly to the faucet while waiting for the house’s hot water to catch up.

Second, a residential recirculating hot water system can be installed. The system keeps hot water moving around the house and cuts down on the wait time. A plumber can guide you on which one of these options is best for your home.


Ed Del Grande is a master plumber and contractor and is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.” Send questions to eadelg@cs.com.