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Prevent Dangerously Hot Water: Use a Mixing Valve

You are obviously familiar with your water heater, which you probably see in your basement or tucked away in a closet from time to time. You are less likely familiar with components that may work with your water heater, though. There is one very important one that we’d like to discuss with you today: the mixing valve.

Mixing valves perform a vital service in our homes, though they are not required everywhere. Regardless of whether or not the use of a thermostatic mixing valve is mandated by law and local codes, though, it is a component that your plumbing system in Bloomington, IL should not be without. It can help to prevent the occurrence of a scalding incident in your home.

Why Is a Mixing Valve Necessary?

There are various situations in which your water heater may actually wind up sending scalding hot water to the fixtures in your home. This is of especial concern in homes with young children, though anyone can — and many do — fall victim to the issue every year. First of all, it is possible that your water heater is set too high at the thermostat. It may accidentally be set higher than intended.

It is also possible for the use of certain equipment, such as a low flow shower head, to join forces with something like a flushing toilet and cause the cold water pressure to drop significantly. When that happens, the water coming out of the plumbing fixtures can be way too hot.

A mixing valve prevents such issues from developing by mixing cold water in with the hot water in order to ensure that the temperature of the water coming from your fixtures is constant and in a safe range. Your safety is a top priority. Let us help to protect it in any way we can.

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