What is the water heater pressure-relief valve and what purpose does it serve?

Year after year, your water heater serves an important role in your home. Your morning routine just wouldn’t be the same—or nearly as comfortable—without hot water. Yet, water heaters and their components do not last forever. Preventative maintenance is the key to ensuring that your water heater continues to safely provide your home with hot water. In this article, we’ll review a critical safety component of your water heater, the water heater pressure-relief valve. We’ll discuss what it is, what it does, and how to ensure it’s still working and protecting both your water heater and your home.

Too high of a temperature setting can also cause excess pressure in your water heater. Talk to your King plumber about what temperature your water heater should be set at.

What is the water heater pressure-relief valve?

The name is actually quite literal. It’s a valve that relieves excess pressure in the water heater tank. By doing so, it can prevent excess pressure buildup that has the potential to cause a tank burst and flood your home. It’s an unheralded but essential safety mechanism for your water heater.

What leads to excess pressure in the tank?

As your water heater heats up the water in the tank, the water expands and steam is generated. The greater the heat, the more expansion that occurs. This expansion puts pressure on the exterior walls of the tank, but this is to be expected. Some degree of excess pressure escapes through the water pipes connected to the water heater. In the event that it cannot, the pressure-relief valve triggers. By releasing some of the hot water and air, the valve lowers the pressure back down to safe levels.

For reference, the normal pressure of the water inside of the water heater tank is 50-100 PSI.

What can go wrong?

If the pressure-relief valve is unable to open, the pressure can continue to build inside of the tank past that 100 PSI ceiling. The heavy metal tank can withstand a lot of pressure buildup, but it eventually has its limits. The results are explosive, as the tank gives way, sending hot water flooding outward. If your water heater has an emergency shutoff valve installed, the burst will be detected and the water supply will automatically shutoff. If not, you’re potentially looking at a flooded home with significant and costly water damage.

So, what causes the pressure-relief valve to fail? In many cases, the valve gets stuck or frozen in place due to the buildup of rust and corrosion inside the tank. Or, the valve is stuck due to a prior instance in which it released hot water. A broken valve is something that should be fixed right away, but—unless you’re examining your water heater closely on a regular basis—may not be something most homeowners notice. That’s why regular testing and maintenance is important.

Testing the valve

We recommend that homeowners here in Chicago test their pressure-relief valve when they flush out their water heater twice every year. Bundling your water heater maintenance tasks together makes sense, since each of these tasks takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Start by positioning a large bucket underneath the valve. You are going to release some hot water during this process, so you want to make sure you’re wearing safe clothes to reduce a scalding risk. Remove the drain pipe attached to the pressure valve. Then, gently lift the valve switch so that hot water begins to come out of the valve and into the bucket. For the purposes of this test, don’t push the switch all the way up.

So long as water and air are coming out of the water heater during this test, your water heater pressure-relief valve is working as intended. On the other hand, if you’ve flipped the switch up and you’re not seeing any release, that could indicate a problem with the valve. You should call our plumbing team at King immediately for service so that we can diagnose the problem and replace the valve, if need be.

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This goes without saying, but if you’re not comfortable flushing your water heater or checking the valve, don’t just ignore this crucial maintenance need. Give our team a call and have us out to your home to perform this service for you. Remember, this preventative maintenance can help prevent a tank burst and major water damage.

What impact does water pressure have on your home?

Did you know that most people use between 80 and 100 gallons of water every day? From using the restroom and showering to cooking and cleaning, your water usage is a crucial part of your daily home routine. Here are just a few daily tasks most homeowners do without thinking, and the corresponding amount of water it takes to complete them:

  • Flushing a toilet: 1-3 gallons per flush
  • Showering: 17 gallons per shower (8-minute average shower)
  • Dishwasher: 4-6 gallons per cycle
  • Washing machine: 5-30 gallons per cycle, depending on your machine’s efficiency

This doesn’t take into account washing your hands, taking a bath, or watering your lawn. Your water use may also skyrocket during the summer, when you’re drinking more water or cooling off in the sprinklers. Taking all this into account, it’s crucial that your water systems are working at their full capacity. Your water heater delivers hot water to your home, and your water pressure needs to be sufficient for your appliances to work and for your showers to be comfortable. For all your daily tasks to run smoothly, water pressure is especially important. Imagine not having enough water pressure to flush a toilet or take a shower. There are other consequences to having water pressure that is too high.

To get your water pressure checked and adjusted by a professional, call the team at King Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing in Chicago, Illinois. We’re the experts on all home systems and can make sure your home is running at 100% capacity.

Low water pressure

It’s been a long day at work, and you want to come home, take a hot shower, and relax with the family. You turn on the shower to see a small stream of water—or droplets—‚coming from the shower head. Even when you turn the shower handle to full capacity, only a small amount of water drips out. What’s the problem?

Your water pressure is likely too low. This can be an annoying setback for many homeowners, who depend on high water pressure to shower, clean, cook, and more. How can you properly shower or wash your hands when only a few drops are coming out of the faucet?

Water pressure impacts how much water comes out of your home's shower heads.

High water pressure may make for a refreshing, fast shower, but too high of water pressure can put additional stress on your pipes and water heater.

High water pressure

On the opposite side of the water pressure spectrum, high water pressure can pose a danger to you and your family inside the home. When water pressure is too high, pipes can become damaged and systems can overwork themselves to bring that water to you. It’s just like the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears: you don’t want your water pressure too low or too high—you want it just right.

Low water pressure is usually just a nuisance to homeowners and doesn’t pose a serious problem. High water pressure, on the other hand, can damage fixtures, seals, joints, and more. Water pressure that’s too high can also waste a lot of water in the home, leaving you with a higher utility bill at the end of the month.

Getting to comfortable water pressure

As it comes from the municipal water supply to your home, residential water generally ranges from 40 to 80 PSI (pounds per square inch). Anything above or below this range could be considered too low or too high. Some experts will say that any level above 60 PSI is too high of water pressure for your home. It’s best to speak with a professional plumber to get your water pressure checked and to learn more about what level is right for your home. Your PSI range can be affected by elevation, house size, water needs, age of your home, and other factors.

If you haven’t checked your water pressure level in a while, it may be time to call King for a free plumbing inspection. Even if you feel your water pressure and water heater are working great, there could be hidden efficiency problems lurking underneath the surface, such as a water heater that is running too hot and wasting energy. Only a true plumbing professional can get to the bottom of the issue and help you save money, month-over-month.

Call a trusted plumber today

A friendly and trustworthy plumber can test your water pressure, tell you the level it is at, and properly adjust it to fit within the recommended “Goldilocks” range. The team at King Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing has been in the plumbing business for decades and our plumbers have seen and fixed it all. We can dispatch a plumber to your home, diagnose the problem, and find a solution in no time. To get your water pressure checked or to schedule a plumbing repair, call today for a free plumbing inspection.

Here are King’s best tips for avoiding plumbing issues in your home

There aren’t many things that are much scarier for homeowners than an unexpected plumbing issue. In fact, avoiding plumbing issues is a major priority for most homeowners.

Some plumbing issues can be very minor in nature and relatively easy for the homeowner to address with basic tools and some quick YouTube learning. A few of these “simple” issues include changing out sink fixtures to upgraded versions, or fixing a leaky faucet. However, there are many other plumbing problems that require the assistance of a professional. That’s where we come in: when you need plumbers in the greater Chicago area, call the team at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing!

In this article, we’ll share 4 of our best tips for avoiding plumbing catastrophes as a homeowner, and what you should be looking for when it comes to your home’s plumbing needs here in Chicago area. Before examining the types of plumbing issues that only a trained plumbing expert can solve, it can be helpful to understand the ways you can avoid said repairs. It makes a world of difference to be aware of a few basic preventative measures.

A new water heater, installed by King, can help you with avoiding plumbing issues in your home.Our tips for avoiding plumbing issues in your home

1. Be aware of specific plumbing issue areas

There are a few key areas around your home that you should keep an eye on year-round to be able to catch any potential plumbing problems before they actually happen. These areas include your toilets, your water heater, and the state of outdoor faucets. All of these areas should be periodically inspected to ensure there are no leaks, cracks, or other visible damage.

We recommend that you set up a home maintenance checklist that includes checking these key plumbing areas. Go through your checklist monthly, or—if you don’t have time for that—at least quarterly. A little preventative maintenance on the front-end can prevent a huge plumbing headache later down the line. Or, at the very least, this will give you a chance to catch a big problem so you can call the team at King to deal with it before it becomes larger, more complex, or more expensive.

2. Pay close attention to your aging fixtures and pipes

Depending on your home’s age, your pipes might be getting to the point where they could start having problems. It’s especially important to keep an eye out for small pipe leaks in an older home. Leaks can originate from several different sources. One common scenario in older homes is when the actual pipe material has started to break down or corrode, which means that you’ll probably need to repipe your entire home in the near future.

Another issue many homeowners encounter is a clogged pipe, or—even worse—a clogged sewer drain. This happens because years of grease, oil, and other food waste has formed a clog in the pipe. In return, this causes all kinds of problems for your home, from increased pipe pressure to the worst-case scenario: a sewer line blockage and ensuing sewer backup into your home.

If you suspect that your home’s pipes are having any issues, your best course of action is turning off the water immediately and calling King so that our plumbers can come out, inspect the issue, and determine exactly what the problem is. Pipe repair and replacement are not projects you want to DIY, seeing as even the smallest mistake could cause a major water damage disaster inside of your home.

3. Replace old water heaters

As water heaters begin to age, there are many problems that can start to become apparent. The first thing you need to inspect is the anode rod. It’s very possible that the anode rod has been spent and that corrosion is now going to the water heater walls. This will weaken the tank structure, putting your water heater at risk for leaks, or worse, a burst.

Our plumbers can help with all of these issues. If your water heater is less than 10 years old, an anode rod replacement may be the best solution. However, if the corrosion is bad enough to be attacking the tank walls, we’ll probably recommend a water heater replacement. When it comes to choosing a new water heater, you have two options. First, you can either switch to a new, standard tank replacement unit, or you can upgrade to a tankless water heater that is more energy-efficient and can provide your home with unlimited hot water.

4. Call professionals when you need help

Honestly, one of the most important things you can do to prevent a plumbing catastrophe is to realize when you’re in over your head. Many homeowners can tackle simple plumbing fixes like unclogging a drain. But, anything more complicated than that should really be looked at by a professional first. We have friendly, certified plumbing professionals right here, ready to serve you. Sometimes, trying to fix a plumbing problem on your own can cause more harm than good.

When you are faced with a plumbing problem that needs a fast resolution, call the professionals here at King! We are ready to help you with any plumbing issue, from faulty water heaters to leaky pipes.

Here’s why fixing a dripping faucet or showerhead matters

Drip. Drip. Drip. Every homeowner, at one point or another, has experienced a leaking faucet or showerhead. But, you’d be surprised at just how many proceed to ignore the problem for weeks, months, and even years. Take it from our plumbers: it’s much better, easier, and cheaper to just address these kinds of leaks right away. In this article, we’ll review the reasons you should deal with your dripping faucet or showerhead and some of the common ways to go about fixing the problem.

King is proud to be your local plumbing team here in Chicagoland. For a free VIP plumbing inspection, call us today!

Is a dripping faucet that big of a deal?

The short answer is yes. A dripping faucet—even one with what seems like a relatively minor drip—can be a major, headache-inducing waste of water and money. Here’s how:

A dripping faucet can be a major waste of water and money in your home.You’re wasting more water than you think

According to a water waste calculator from the USGS, a single dripping faucet losing water at the rate of one drop every minute (pretty slow, if you think about it) will waste a whopping 34 gallons of water over the course of a year. A faucet or showerhead that is leaking faster than that (say, 30 drips per-minute) will waste more than 1,000 gallons in a year. That’s a lot of water just being wasted—this use doesn’t even include the water your family uses on a daily basis.

Higher water bills

Yes, there’s a lot of water in Lake Michigan, and you’re probably not going to run Chicagoland dry. But, beyond the environmental impact, you’re probably inflating your water bills unnecessarily. Water isn’t free and it isn’t cheap: here in Oak Forest, our water rates and costs are higher than many other parts of the Chicago metro area (you can see where your community’s rates fall in this interactive survey from the Chicago Tribune).

Up all night

For many homeowners, the primary motivation to address a leaking faucet is that constant, obnoxious drip-drip-drip. Even sound sleepers might be kept up at night by this unending sound. Trust us: it gets old after awhile.

Take all these things into account, and there’s no real reason to waste the water—especially when the fixes are typically easy. Let’s dive into that subject in the next section.

What causes dripping faucets, and what should be done about them?

In most cases, fixing a dripping faucet or showerhead is a relatively straightforward task that homeowners can take on themselves. In some cases, you might need to give us a call—we offer free plumbing inspections here in the Chicago area.

Sink faucets

Most sink faucet drips are caused by a worn-out rubber washer. As the faucet is used continually over the course of many years, the washer is continually worn through until eventually it is no longer able to keep the water completely inside of the fixture. As a result, water begins to leak out. The fix here is easy: handy homeowners can take apart the faucet and replace the washer with a new one from your local hardware store. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, be sure to call in one of our plumbers here at King to help.

In some cases, a corroded valve seat could also be to blame. The valve seat is vulnerable to long-term corrosion that can cause the spout of the faucet to leak water.

Showerheads

Similar to sinks, many shower leaks can be caused by a deteriorating washer. This washer is located inside of the showerhead. With the shower turned off, take apart the head and inspect this rubber washer. If it’s cracked or otherwise coming apart, try replacing that—this might be the source of your leak.

Many modern showers rely on a cartridge to control the flow of water as the shower’s user turns a handle. Over time, these cartridges may need to be replaced. This can be trickier: the exact method for taking apart the handle assembly and removing the cartridge from the pipe can differ from manufacturer to manufacturer, and specialized tools—such as pliers capable of getting all the way around the cartridge—are often required to remove the assembly from the pipe. If you’re not sure how to proceed or worried about damaging the plumbing behind your shower, be sure to call in an expert from our team.

No plumbing problem is too small. Call King for your VIP plumbing inspection!

At King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, our experienced plumbers love helping local homeowners with their plumbing problems. We’re proud to be the team that offers free VIP plumbing inspections here in Chicagoland. If you’re dealing with the aggravation that is a leaking faucet or showerhead, don’t just wait around for it to magically fix itself—it won’t. Instead, call us for fast service you can count on.

Here are 3 easy steps for regular water heater upkeep

If you’re like most Chicagoland homeowners, hot water is pretty essential to your daily routine. From showers to washing dishes and doing laundry, your home relies on a properly working water heater. In this article, we’ll review some relatively straightforward ways that local homeowners can engage in regular water heater upkeep and help prevent common water heater problems, especially as the tank starts to age.

For professional water heater services here in the Chicago area, contact the plumbing professionals here at King Cooling, Heating & Plumbing. We offer free VIP plumbing inspections, which means you can have an expert plumber out to look at your water heater if you suspect anything is wrong or if you think it might be time to replace it with a new model.

For water heater upkeep here in the Chicago metro area, call the friendly plumbers at King!Our tips for regular water heater upkeep here in Chicago

1. Inspect the pressure valve

All water heaters have a temperature pressure release valve that can release pressure from the tank if it gets too high. It’s essential that this valve is working correctly to avoid serious problems. You can inspect the TPR valve by lifting the valve to let a little bit of water out of the tank, then close it. If water continues to flow from the valve, you’ll need to have one of the professional plumbers here at King replace it.

2. Check the anode rods

Regularly checking on your water heater’s anode rod is essential in preventing the tank from rusting. This small rod consists of a steel wire surrounded by either zinc, magnesium, aluminum, or all three. The anode rod attracts the corrosive materials in your water so that the interior tank walls don’t corrode. If you don’t replace the rod regularly, you may have to replace your tank sooner.

To check on the status of the anode rod, unscrew it from the top of the tank. If it has been corroded down to less the one-half-inch thick or has a thick coating of calcium, it’s time for a replacement. Call King for anode rod replacement services here in Chicagoland.

3. Flush the tank

For optimal functionality, your water heater needs to be flushed at least annually. This removes the sediment that builds up in the tank, reducing its efficiency and even clogging the water lines.

Perform a tank flush by turning off the cold-water inlet to the tank. Attach a hose to the drain valve and open the TPR valve. Drain the water out of the tank into an area that can a large amount of hot water, such as a floor drain. After all the water is out of the tank, close all the valves and turn on the hot water faucets in your home and the cold-water inlet. Once water flows back through the faucets, close each one and turn your water heater back on, lighting the pilot light carefully.

Call King for our water heater services

If you’re unsure about how to proceed or uncomfortable doing this on your own, please call in the professionals at King. Our experienced plumbers can quickly and safely manage your water heater upkeep—including pressure valve, tank flush, and anode rod check—and ensure that your system is ready for the year ahead. Call us today!

Here are the 6 signs you need tankless water heater repair

Tankless water heaters offer you a lot of advantages in terms of size, efficiency, longevity, and more. However, like standard water heaters, they occasionally do need to be repaired by a professional plumber. That’s one of the reasons why King offers tankless water heater repair in Chicago. We’re your go-to team for Chicagoland plumbing services, and we offer free VIP plumbing inspections.

If you’re noticing any of the following signs coming from your tankless water heater or your home, you need to call us right away for plumbing service.

Here are the signs you need tankless water heater repair in Chicago

1. It’s making strange or unusual noises

When your tankless water heater is working properly, its operation should be nearly soundless. In contrast, strange noises like hisses, groans, or gurgles are indications that it is malfunctioning. Before calling a repair professional, turn off the water heater. You don’t want the problem to get worse while we’re driving to your home.

Call King for tankless water heater repair in Chicago, for both commercial and residential buildings!

We work with tankless water heaters in both residential and commercial buildings.

2. You’re getting insufficient or inconsistent heating

Your water heater may provide hot water as expected one minute and then cold water the next. Conversely, your water heater may consistently provide water that is lukewarm, rather than hot. Either issue is cause for concern: tankless water heaters heat water as it’s needed in your home, and should be able to meet most of your hot water needs.

3. There’s low water flow

When the flow of water is reduced, it may be a sign of mineral build up inside your water heater. If you already know that your area has hard water, it should be easy to pinpoint the cause. Removing the buildup, however, can be a much more difficult matter and should be handled by a professional.

4. You experience a sudden lack of hot water

When this happens, it usually means that the computer system that runs your tankless water heater has shut it down as a safety precaution due to the detection of a possible problem, such as a buildup of exhaust gases. This happens when gas venting somehow becomes restricted.

5. Your appliances stop working

Appliances that use hot water, such as the dishwasher or washing machine, may not operate properly if they are not receiving a sufficient supply due to a malfunctioning tankless heater. You can attempt the tedious process of adjusting the water temperature manually, but that may only be a temporary solution.

6. Your water heater is leaking

It is rare for a tankless water heater to leak, since there is no tank that can become corroded. However, if you do notice a leak, call a plumber right away, as this is a sign that your water heater needs immediate service and repairs.

Call our team for tankless water heater repair in Chicago

King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing provides tankless water heater repair in Chicago, among of many other home services. If you suspect that your tankless water heater is having issues, contact us for a free plumbing inspection today.

Sewer blockages are as bad as they sound

Your sewer line is the unsung hero of your home. It carries water and waste away from your home to the municipal sewer—a function you probably don’t think too much about on a day-to-day basis. That is, until something goes wrong. A sewer blockage is a serious problem where water and waste can no longer leave your home. And what goes down must come up. The result can be incredibly destructive—and pretty gross, as well.

Call King for help with sewer blockages in your Chicago home.

Sewer blockages are a major issue that can cause major headaches. Call the experienced plumbing pros at King for a free plumbing inspection if you suspect you’re having sewer line issues.

In this article, we’ll review what sewer blockages are, how they often form, and the signs of one that you should be on the lookout for. If you suspect that you have a sewer blockage, or you think something might be wrong with your home’s plumbing, call King for a free plumbing inspection here in Chicagoland.

What are sewer blockages?

All the drains in your home lead to one place: your sewer line. This is a wider line that runs from your property to the sewer—typically located at the street. A sewer blockage is anything that acts to obstruct that line, preventing water and waste from draining to the sewer. Most commonly, such obstructions are caused by:

  • Grease, trash, and waste: Whenever you pour grease down the drain, there’s a chance that some of it will start to collect inside of the sewer line. Over time, this can cause a clot to start to form inside of the line until, one day, this completely blocks the flow of water. This problem is only made worse when non-disposable trash enters the sewer line.
  • Tree roots: When a sewer line springs a small leak, most homeowners don’t notice. Surrounding trees do, however. Their thirsty roots reach out and envelope the line, eventually breaking into it and blocking the line altogether. For obvious reasons, homes with trees over or near the line are in the most danger of this occurring.

Signs of a sewer blockage

One of the first things you’ll notice—and often the thing that prompts homeowners to call us—is that your sink isn’t draining. In fact, nothing is draining. A sewer line blockage is a simultaneously clog of all your drains. If this is happening to you, immediately turn off the water and call us in for a free plumbing inspection and our 24/7 plumbing repair service.

You may notice that water is starting to come up. This will first happen in the lowest drains in your showers and bathtubs, but could eventually impact the rest of your home. Again, by turning off the water, you should be able to put a stop to this before too much damage is done.

Dealing with sewer blockages

A sewer obstruction is a major issue that will involve us needing to dig up the sewer line, clear the blockage, and then replace that part of the line without compromising the rest of it. In other words, this is a job best left to professional plumbers.

If you suspect that you have a sewer line blockage or sewer line issues of any kind, call King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We offer free plumbing inspections here in Chicagoland, and we’re your source for experienced plumbers and 24/7 plumbing repair services.

Here are the signs you may need to re-pipe your older home

Most homeowners can manage plumbing problems like slow drains, leaky faucets, and clogged toilets. However, if your pipes are more than 50 years old or you notice any of the following signs, have them inspected by King. Call us to schedule a free VIP plumbing inspection here in Chicagoland.

5 major signs you need to re-pipe your older home

Here are just a few of the signals that your home’s plumbing needs to be replaced at some point in the near future:

1. Water discoloration

Re-pipe your older home if you notice that your pipes are starting to rust.

Rusting pipes could eventually lead to leaks. If you notice rust buildup on the exterior of your pipes, it might be time to re-pipe your older home.

This is a sign pipes are rusty or corroded on the inside. Rust flakes break off inside the pipe and give your tap water that telltale reddish-orange color. If it takes more than a minute to for your water to run clear, re-piping may be necessary. You may also want to check with your local water department to make sure that the discoloration isn’t something happening to the tap water as a whole, or the result of something environmental.

2. Low water pressure

Corrosion and mineral deposit (magnesium and calcium) buildup in your pipes can cause low water pressure. It causes a yellow-green or white buildup around water fixtures, causes clothes to fade more quickly, and causes spots on dishes after washing them in a dishwasher. These problems can impact all pipes in areas with hard water, but they become increasingly prevalent with older pipes, as the scaling begins to build up and clog them.

3. Water stains

Older pipes running throughout your house may spring small leaks causing water stains on walls, ceilings, or floors. If you find yourself repairing numerous leaks and water stains in different locations, there’s a good chance your plumbing is failing.

4. Visible rust

Rust appearing on the exterior of the piping system almost always leads to leaks along the length of the corroded pipe. When you see rust on the outside of your pipes, they should be replaced before leaks occur and cause more home damage.

5. Lead Pipes

Many years ago, lead pipes were the standard for home plumbing systems, but they were banned when it was discovered that lead poses serious health risks. However, they still exist in some older houses. If your older home has lead pipes, you should replace them immediately.

Treat your older pipes like an environmental issue!

Outdated, aging pipes present a danger to your home and your family. They can release toxic materials, like lead, into your water; they can develop leaks in walls, floors, and ceilings leading to mold and mildew growth; and they can break, easily causing major damage to your home and your wallet.

Here’s a great place to start: call King for a free VIP plumbing inspection. Our licensed, certified plumbers thoroughly inspect all aspects of your plumbing. We’ll be able to advise you on whether or not you need to re-pipe your older home. Contact us today to schedule your free inspection here in Chicagoland.

Why you should have King install anti-scald devices in your home

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.

Install anti-scald devices to avoid injuries from hot water

A sudden influx of unchecked hot water can cause serious injuries to members of your family.

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.