Ask Samuele: October 2020

This month, Maria from Twickenham asks…

Dear Samuele,

Every time I take a shower, my husband thinks it’s the funniest thing in the world to start
doing the washing up.

He delights in my screams as the water runs freezing cold. How can I stop this from
happening? And can you suggest a way to stop my husband from playing these childish

Kind regards,


Samuele says:

Ciao, Maria!

And grazie mille for your question.

I hear you! There’s nothing worse than taking a shower or running a nice bath, only for it to
be scuppered by someone in the house using hot water from a different tap. You’re right; it
ultimately runs cold, leading to a bad start to your day.

If the boiler is closer to the kitchen sink, that is where the hot water will go first.

The solution: you could install a combi boiler, which is designed to serve only one water
supply at a time with hot water.

If you have a megaflo, that should be plenty to serve both at the same time, so, if the
problem has got progressively worse over time, there is probably an issue with the megaflo
itself, which will need inspecting.

As for your husband, I’d wait until he takes his next shower, then whack that hot water
kitchen tap up high. He’ll soon get the message!

I hope that helps.

All the best,


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