Are anti scald valves required?

Many reported incidents of serious burns and shocks received while showering have prompted the requirement for anti-scald shower valves, thermostatic mixing or pressure-balancing shower control valves (see Figure 408.3a). Both types of valves regulate the water temperature by tempering hot water with cold water.

Are thermostatic shower valves worth it?

Thermostatic showers have the advantage of being safer for children and the elderly, who are especially at risk of shower scalds, thanks to their “set it and forget it” property. Even if your water heater is set to a higher maximum, the water temperature will not exceed the maximum that you set on the shower control.

Where are mixing valves required?

For combined heating hot water and domestic hot water systems, when the heating hot water system exceeds 140°F the IPC code requires a temperature actuated mixing valve conforming to ASSE 1017 to limit the domestic hot water temperature to a maximum of 140°F.

Do thermostatic showers reduce pressure?

Thermostatic shower valves have two handles. One of the handles controls the volume of water that is dispensed and the other handle controls the temperature of the water. This is because thermostatic valves react to the temperature, not the pressure of the water.

What does the code require for anti-scald shower valves?

United States Anti-Scald Codes & Regulations

If a tub or shower is equipped with an anti-scald valve that prevents the hot water temperature from exceeding 120 degrees, the minimum hot water temperature for that tub or shower is 110 degrees. Uniform Plumbing Code (IAPMO / ICBO) 1994, Max 120°F.

What is the minimum acceptable hot water temperature?

The EPA recommends 120 degrees because it’s hot enough to keep diseases at bay, it’s not hot enough to cause scalding, it will supply enough hot water for most small families and is relatively energy-efficient.

Do thermostatic shower valves fail?

There are several reasons why the cartridge may have failed; the number one cause is an in-balance in water pressure between the mains cold pressure and the heated hot water(and this is very common). This constant in-balance between the two will cause damage to the cartridge which is housed within the valve.

Do I need a thermostatic mixing valve?

Thermostatic mixing valves on your water heater are essential to prevent scalding and control water temperature at the delivery point. It allows you to increase the heater temperature, killing off harmful bacteria.

What’s the difference between thermostatic and non thermostatic showers?

A manual mixer shower will mix hot and cold water to a set temperature but, unlike a thermostatic shower, it cannot react to sudden changes in temperature. A thermostatic shower instantly reacts to a change in water temperature and adjusts the water accordingly to get it back to the pre-set temperature.

Do thermostatic showers need electricity?

Thermostatic showers are not electric as they rely on the mains water supply to function. A combination of water pressure and water temperature is what allows the shower to work.

What is the difference between pressure balance vs thermostatic faucets?

The two primary types are pressure-balance valves and thermostatic valves. The chief distinction between the two? A thermostatic valve senses and controls the actual water temperature, while a pressure-balance valve senses and controls only the ratio of hot water to cold.

Which is better thermostatic or pressure balanced?

Pressure balanced shower valves utilize changes in water pressure to balance the shower temperature, but thermostatic shower valves actually control the water temperature. Thermostatic shower valves have a distinct advantage since the temperature will remain consistent throughout the duration of your shower.

Why have a thermostatic shower?

This is designed to prevent scalding, or thermic shock from sudden temperature changes when another tap, or shower, is turned on. If the cold-water supply fails, thermostatic showers are also designed to protect you by instantly shutting down the shower to avoid any scalding or injuries.

Do thermostatic showers work with combi boilers?

CAN YOU USE A THERMOSTATIC SHOWER WITH A COMBI BOILER? The simple answer is – yes. It’s possible to fit a thermostatic shower with a combi boiler and they’re reliable across most thermostatic showers. Mini valve, maxi valve, bar valve and concealed valve showers are all compatible with combi boilers.

What is a thermo valve?

A thermostatic valve is a component that’s installed on a radiator and used to regulate the temperature of a room. Together with a radiator valve, a thermostatic valve therefore forms part of a radiator’s tap, with the terms thermostatic tap and thermostatic valve often being used interchangeably.

Where is the thermostatic mixing valve located?

This is typically attached directly to the shower, or under the sink, to control the water temperature and provide anti-scald protection. There is a specialty type of emergency thermostatic mixing valve, which is specifically designed to provide tepid water for emergency eyewash or shower drench applications.

What is thermostatic diverter?

It’s a thermostatic valve that uses smart bathroom technology to control your desired water temperature. It blends hot and cold water to ensure a safe shower that doesn’t leave you shivering or scalded, controlling extreme temperatures while bringing in water from various sources.

How does a thermostatic mixing valve work?

As the element expands and contracts, it moves the slide valve (5) to correctly proportion the amount of cold and hot water entering the valve. If the cold water supply were to fail slowly over a long period of time, the valve would increasingly throttle the hot supply to maintain a safe temperature at the outlet (3).

What happens when thermostatic mixing valve fails?

Your water temperature isn’t right

Sometimes, a failing TMV makes the water too cold. Or, water may not run at the right temperature consistently. It may fluctuate between being hot and cold. In some cases, a faulty TMV can also affect your cold tap.

Are mixing valves mandatory?

Yes, when you replace a tank type water heater you must satisfy OBC Article 7.6. 5.1. Tankless water heaters do not require a mixing valve, as long as the controller cannot be adjust higher than 120F.