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No cold water in apartment

I'm having a strange issue with my apartment in that sometimes I cannot get cold water from the taps, in either the kitchen or bathroom. On three occasions in the past week the water from the taps or shower, when set fully to cold, has been too hot to even touch, and then after a couple of hours it goes back to normal. I've tried running the tap for a while but it doesn't help. It's occurred at different times during the day and it's pretty annoying as I can't wash because it's way too hot, and I'm also not sure this water is drinkable. Has anyone experienced something similar?

I've contacted the building agent and they said no one else had reported this (there's 15 other apartments in the building) and they would arrange for a plumber to visit but it's unlikely they would visit whilst this is happening and so I don't know what I would show them. This is the first time I've lived in a building with a shared heating system but could there be an issue just impacting my apartment?
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Re: No cold water in apartment

Make a note of exactly when you remember this happening before, adding when/if it happens again.

Ask your neighbours if they've noticed it too, perhaps a short note in letterboxes if you don't know them well enough to speak to, or a notice in the lift?

By building agent do you mean the rental agent or the concierge/janitor? If you have a concierge and you haven't talked to them about the problem then do so, they're best placed (in theory) to notice problems like this.

Hope you get it sorted asap.
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Re: No cold water in apartment

Sometimes, when the heating season starts and the building's central heating is switched on this can, depending on the system(s) used in the building, influence the water temperature, too. I lived in a building in which this happened every autumn, for years. However, the over-hot water was usually that way for only a few days, or a week or two, after which everything must have been adjusted, since it settled down.

I agree with Anjela. Ask your neighbours, especially those with small children.
Keep a note of the times. Make sure you're contacting the right person - usually the caretaker/janitor rather than the building agent, and then drop them a friendly note (with times) each time it happens.
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