Thermostatic Mixing Valve Testing: Why is this Crucial for Maintenance and Safety?

07 November 2018

As more and more commercial and residential properties are installing thermostatic mixing valves (TMV) to safely regulate hot and cold water temperatures, the need for thermostatic mixing valve testing becomes crucial for maintenance and safety.

As an effective valve that blends both hot and cold water together to produce even temperatures, a thermostatic mixing valve can also be preset to ensure that water temperatures do not become extremely too hot to cause scalding, or too cold to cause thermal shock. That is why testing TMV is so important.

Dangers of Scalding and Thermal Shock and Why TMV Testing is Crucial for Safety

While thermostatic mixing valves are very effective when functioning properly, when they are not, sudden and unexpected water temperature changes can cause harm to the body while showering. For example, a sudden and drastic temperature change while showering is one of the most common causes of household injuries, such as burns caused by scalding hot water.

The ones who are most susceptible to third degree burns cause by extremely hot water spewing out of showers are the elderly and young children. The risk of injury to the body can be eliminated when thermostatic mixing valves are working properly, which is why it is crucial to have thermostatic mixing valves tested and maintained to ensure safety while bathing.

Scalding hot water isn’t the only danger people face when showering with malfunctioning TMV. Another safety concern is when sudden cold water rains down on people unexpectedly while showering, this can result in thermal shock that causes people to jerk or jump backwards in a desperate attempt to escape extreme water temperature. Sadly, thermal shock is responsible for causing people to slip and fall in showers, resulting in potential serious bodily injuries.

Injuries from thermal shock, such as concussions and broken bones, are not uncommon. Because of these dangers, thermostatic mixing valve testing is crucial for maintenance and safety of residential and commercial buildings.

Other than residential buildings, such as homes, condominiums, and apartments, commercial facilities that can benefit from thermostatic mixing valve testing include:

  • Gyms and spas
  • Medical centres
  • Hospitals
  • Aged care and retirement facilities
  • Beauty salons
  • Childcare centres

To prevent scalding and thermal shock caused from extremely hot and cold water, schedule thermostatic mixing valve testing for your residential or commercial property by contacting the expert plumbers at G. Brand & Sons Plumbing – specialists in the installation, maintenance, repair, and testing of thermostatic mixer valves of basins, sinks, showers, and baths.

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