The Dangers of Hot Water14 January 2014
The one, two and sometimes three-handled valve is always dependent on the user to manually control the water temperature and these types of valves can lead to two potential problems, scalding and thermal shock.
Hot water scald injuries are the second most common burn injuries in all age groups, in the most prevalent occurrence of scald injuries can be found with non-compensating type shower or tub/shower valves in the bathroom. Scalding injuries commonly happens at home, most vulnerable to the serious water burn are young children and elderly. In cases of thermal shock, it causes slips and falls in reaction to sudden increase or decrease in water temperature. Additional untold numbers become ill due to water-borne bacteria like the Legionella , which is responsible for Legionnaire’s Disease, an acute bacterial infection of the lower respiratory track. Pontiac Fever is a less severe, non-pneumonia, flu-like disease that is associated with and likely causes by Legionella bacteria.
But can these serious, disfiguring and sometime fatal injuries be prevented?
The answer is an outstanding Yes! Fortunately, these three causes of hot water danger are preventable, by the help of Thermostatic Mixing Valves. The solution to help minimising cases of Thermal Shock is Thermostatic Mixing Valves, it maintains and limit mixed hot water to a desires, selectable temperature.
And to prevent scalding injuries, Thermostatic Mixing Valves maintain and limit the mixed hot water to a desirable selectable temperature. To prevent water-borne bacteria, Thermostatic Mixing Valves maintain and limit the mixed hot water to a desirable, selectable temperature allowing for the storage of domestic hot water at the higher temperatures necessary to reduce the risk of Legionella growth in the system. With widespread industry attention over the safe storage and distribution of domestic hot water due to concerns of tap water scalding, thermal shock and Legionella, Thermal Mixing Valves provide safe, accurate control of hot water from its source to its final use.
But how does Thermal Mixing valves work?
A thermostat in the mixing chamber of the valves senses the outlet temperature and then a thermostat automatically positions a seat assembly which controls the flow of hot and cold water supplied to the mixing chamber. In the event of a cold or hot water supply failure, the seat assembly moves to an extreme position shutting off the hot or cold inlet water port.
Talk to us today about Thermostatic Mixing Valves. Remember, regular periodic inspection of mixing valves is recommended to assure maximum valve life and a properly functioning system.
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