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Pressure Balance Valves Can Save You from Injury by Preventing Hot Water Scalds in Your Vancouver or Richmond, BC Home or Business

April 11, 2014

There are all sorts of little plumbing gadgets we take for granted, but there’s one in particular that’s so important it actually can save us from being scalded! The plumbing device we’re referring to is the pressure balance valve. The pressure balance valve allows us to take showers in water of a consistent, comfortable temperature even when there is a change in the water pressure of the hot or cold water. Our Vancouver certified plumbers know this is one plumbing gadget that you don’t want to go without!

Showering in Vancouver WITH a Pressure Balance Valve

You choose the water temperature and as long as your water heater doesn’t run out of hot water, you enjoy the consistent water temperature of your choice throughout your shower. Lather up, relax, refresh, and enjoy!

Showering in Vancouver WITHOUT a Pressure Balance Valve

You choose the water temperature, but then are at the mercy of your hot and cold water pressures! A drop in the hot or cold water pressure could cause a scalding hot or freezing cold shower in an instant! Many people have gotten skin burns from the sudden hot water or have slipped and fallen trying to evade a suddenly cold stream of water. It is a particular danger to children or the elderly who may have difficultly fleeing the extreme temperatures.

So, it’s pretty obvious that having a pressure balance valve in your shower is a good thing, and what’s great is that you probably already have one. This plumbing installation is a requirement for all new build plumbing in Vancouver and elsewhere. If you have an older home, it’s likely that a valve has been installed during a bathroom plumbing remodel, but if not, you’ll want Tap Roots Plumbing to install one right away so that you can avoid a dangerous situation. Sometimes, for a pressure balance valve to be completely effective in a home with older plumbing, poor water pressure, water leaks, or clogged plumbing pipes may need to be addressed as well.

If you have any concerns about the effectiveness of your pressure balance valve, don’t hesitate to call Tap Roots Plumbing for assistance. For all types of plumbing service, Tap Roots is the Vancouver plumbing company you can count on!


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