Anti-scald faucets and valves are designed to protect you and other family members from injuries due to a sudden increase in bath water temperature. Once the water temperature exceeds a temperature of 140 degrees, serious scald injuries can occur within a few seconds. For kids, the elderly, or anyone who may not react fast enough, there may not be enough time to exit from the shower or bath tub before the scalding takes place.
Before you install an anti-scald device in your bathroom, here are some important points to note about different types of anti-scald devices, their benefits, and why they should be professionally installed by a San Jose plumber:
Types of Anti-scald Valves
Three main types of anti-scald devices are installed by professional plumbers today:
Thermostatic valves are usually installed on the main line that comes from the water heater. These valves mix a stream of cold water into the heated water to maintain a safe temperature.
Pressure balance valves prevent the sudden reduction in cold water pressure that occurs when other users flush the toilet. It prevents this reduction in pressure from causing a sudden rise in the water temperature, which could lead to scalding.
Point-of-use valves are frequently installed in more expensive homes. They are programmable and they allow you to set the precise temperature you want on the shower or bath tub faucet. They usually incorporate both pressure and temperature controls.
4 Benefits of Anti-scald Fixture Installation
Why You Should Hire a Professional for Your Anti-scald Faucet Installation
Installing anti-scald devices should not be handled as a DIY project. Instead, consult a licensed professional plumber who knows the best type of faucet or valve that will suit your water heater and plumbing system. A licensed plumber will comply with all building codes and regulations with respect to anti-scald valve installation. Plumbing services offered by a licensed professional are fully insured and they comply with recommended safety measures before, during and after the installation.
For more information about installing an anti-scald valve or faucet in your bathroom, please give us a call now at (408) 282-7026. With availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we are ready to answer any questions you may have about this device and all other questions related to home plumbing services in San Jose at anytime!