Originally Posted by Jagiven
It's normal. Most people are concerned with scolding. If you crack open the bypass you will temper the water.
x2. But does the scolding happen after the scalding?
Dan, You likely have a winterization by pass on your hot water heater. This is so you don't need to put 6 gallons of antifreeze in the water heater. If you do as Jagiven says and open up the bypass valves a bit, you will be mixing cold water with the hot that comes from the heater. Just play with the valves a bit until you get the temperature that suits you.