In the future, all new build homes will come with thermostatic mixer valves added to the bathroom for safety. This is important for anyone building a new home to know, but also useful for anyone looking at renovating their bathrooms as it is something that potential buyers are going to come to expect from homes that they purchase. It’s important to know what one of these valves is, how and where to fit one and exactly what they are used for.
A thermostatic valve is fitted to the hot and cold feeds going into the bath and basin (and possibly shower, depending on what kind of shower you have) to ensure that the warm water supplied to the taps is never too warm. This prevents scalding and is especially important for the elderly and those with young families. They work by regulating the temperature of the hot water, and adding in cold water if necessary to keep the water from being too hot and becoming dangerous.
These devices are relatively small and come in common plumbing diameters to make sure that they fit easily and simply to the existing pipework so they can be added to the bathroom with minimum disruption and effort. They are available in sizes and designs that are ideally suited for basins or baths. Ideally they are fitted under the basin or bath and hidden away from view in either the pedestal in the case of a basin or behind the panel in the case of a bath.
Once the thermostatic valves are fitted, as long as they are fitted correctly and functioning properly, they will prevent people from scalding themselves or from suffering burns. There are other benefits too: you know you can leave a bubble bath running unattended and won’t have to come back and spend time adding in cold water to get it down to a comfortable temperature. You won’t have to watch your children in the bath as carefully, secure in the knowledge that they won’t be able to do themselves a mischief by running the hot taps onto themselves. And you won’t have to waste time checking the temperature of your water with a hand or elbow before enjoying a well-earned soak in the tub.
Whether you’re adding a new bathroom, renovating an old one or just looking to protect your loved ones, a thermostatic valve will bring you peace of mind, make your life simpler and add a feature that will greatly appeal to potential house buyers.