Have you ever heard of an anti-scald valve? We all have different preferences when it comes to our water temperature while showering. Some of us like it hot… steamy hot, just not scalding, others like it more on the lukewarm- should be considered freezing- side of things. However you prefer your water, you do not want to be surprised by a sudden change in temperature.
The more people you have in your home using water, the more likely it is that someone will flush a toilet or turn on the dishwasher while someone else is showering and there may be a sudden flux in water pressure which could cause the shower water to suddenly become icy cold or super hot. While the shock of the cold won’t hurt your skin, the hot water certainly could and is most dangerous for children and the elderly. Not only could they get burned, but they could also slip and fall while trying to get away from the hot water.
Fortunately, there is an anti-scald valve that can be installed in every shower to prevent a sudden change in water from ever hurting a member of your family. To install one of these handy little devices you will first need to disassemble the handle on your shower. Once you can access the water supply line behind the old faucet valve you will need to cut the line where you want to install the new anti-scald valve. If reading those last two sentences made your eyes roll back in your head or your body broke out in hives, just call in the pros and we will take care of it for you.
If you decide to proceed as a DIYer, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and then solder the new valve into place. Remember to turn the gear on the valve to set a maximum temperature before you put everything back together again.
Another tip to help you prevent being burned by the water in your house is to make sure your water heater is set no higher than 120 degrees. Most water heaters go to 140 degrees, but that is much hotter than anyone needs to bathing in or even that clothes need to be washed in.
If an anti-scald valve sounds like a good investment for your household, give Carmine’s a call today at 203-791-8089 and we will get it installed for you. If you start the project yourself and run into some trouble, we can also help you find your way out of it.