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May 20, 2024

Installing Anti-Scald Devices in Bathrooms and Showers

Countless children are rushed to the hospital each year with severe burns caused by bathtub and shower water. While many parents focus their attention on covering sharp corners and securing electrical outlets, they often overlook the dangers of hot water in their bathrooms and kitchens where young children are most likely to have unsupervised access. Installing anti-scald devices in these rooms helps to prevent injuries and keep families safe.

One way to protect against scalding is by installing an anti-scald valve at the point where the cold and hot water lines meet in your home. These devices look much like regular faucets and are designed to balance the pressure between the two and regulate the temperature of the water that is delivered.

Another way to protect against scalding from a hot shower is to have your plumber install a thermostatic mixing valve, also known as a tempering valve. These valves mix in enough cold water to the outgoing hot water so that the temperature is not hot enough to cause a scalding injury.

You can also purchase shower and tub faucets that are equipped with an anti-scald device built right into the fixture. These devices can be adjusted to the ideal temperature and work by using pistons inside that automatically balance the water pressure and react to the temperature of the incoming and outgoing water to maintain the perfect water temperature.

When you are having trouble with the temperature of your shower water, it may be because your anti-scald device is set too high. If this is the case, you can easily adjust it by removing the handle or head from the faucet. Depending on the faucet model, you may need a screwdriver or Allen wrench to remove it. Once you have the head or handle off, locate the anti-scald device. It is typically a plastic device sitting directly under the faucet head. Once you find the device, turn it slightly to the right and test your shower to see if the water temperature is now what you want it to be. Repeat this process until you get the perfect temperature.

For homes and commercial properties that do not have anti-scald devices installed, they can be installed easily. The most common type is a thermostatic mixing valve, which can be found in all types of faucets, as well as showers and tubs. These devices are inexpensive and easy to install, making them the most popular choice for protecting against scalding. They are also a requirement for new construction projects in many areas.

Keeping your family safe is important, and the best way to do that is by ensuring that your plumbing system works correctly. If you have any questions about where the anti scald device is located or need help installing a thermostatic mixing valve or an anti-scald showerhead, contact Handyman Connection today for more information on the many services we offer. We can provide you with the care and attention that your home needs to keep it safe for years to come.