Water heaters that aren’t equipped with an effective anti-scald device pose a serious risk to those in your home. Water pressure changes triggered by flushing a toilet, turning on a washing machine, or other similar actions may cause a dramatic decrease of available cold water, resulting in burns from scalding water. One of the benefits of anti-scald devices is that they prevent water from reaching scalding levels in order to keep burns and related injuries from occurring.
If your home doesn’t currently have anti-scald devices installed to prevent injuries, call the team at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We install anti-scald devices throughout Chicagoland.
What are anti-scald devices?
Anti-scald devices, also known as anti-scald valves, tempering valves, or mixing valves, are responsible for mixing cold water with outgoing hot water in order to prevent it from scalding occupants. Two common types are pressure balance valves and thermostatic mixing valves.
- The first type works by detecting a decrease in cold water pressure from an action such as flushing a toilet, and adjusting the flow of hot water accordingly.
- The second type works by continuously mixing a stream of cold water into the stream of heated water to maintain a pre-determined safe temperature.
Different types of anti-scald devices work in different ways, but each serves the same purpose and needs to be installed by a professional plumber, such as King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, to ensure the device is installed and functions correctly.
Benefits of anti-scald devices
The main benefit of an anti-scald device is protection against severe burns resulting from scalding water flowing from a shower or other faucet. Children and the elderly are at particular risk of being scalded and a sudden increase in water temperature can also lead to injuries from falls, especially among the elderly, as they attempt to quickly adjust the temperature of a shower or faucet. Severe burns from scalding water can also result in other complications, such as:
- Costly hospital stays
- Painful skin grafts or plastic surgery
- Risk of heart attacks, particularly among the elderly
Call King for plumbing installation
If you need an anti-scald device installed on your water heater, contact us at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We offer efficient, high-quality service to our customers and we’ll ensure that your device is installed and working correctly. Your family’s safety is our top priority, and we put our expertise to work for you.