Pressure Balance Valves are the Plumbing Valves You Don’t Want to Do without in Swampscott and the Boston Area
Taking your morning or evening shower should be a time to relax and refresh. One of the keys to a great shower is having your water be the consistent, comfortable temperature of your choice. If your Boston water heater has ever run out of hot water while you’re lathering up, you already know that a temperature change can ruin a perfectly good shower! But, there is another seldom thought of plumbing fixture that is just as important—your shower’s pressure balance valve. Here’s what it does:
- The pressure balance valve takes in the hot and cold water that mix to create the perfect temperature for your shower. It ensures that the volume of both the hot and cold water released stays consistent in spite of potential changes in the water pressures.
- The pressure balance valve prevents sudden fluctuations in water temperature and therefore helps to prevent injuries from occurring in the shower. Without a pressure balance valve, the shower could suddenly become scalding hot, causing burns, or the shower water could go icy cold, potentially causing slips and falls as a person tries to escape the cold water.
If your home was built in recent years, you should already have a pressure balance valve because they are required in all new construction plumbing. If your older home doesn’t have a pressure balance valve, or if your valve isn’t working properly, you’ve probably already noticed sudden changes in water temperature in your shower. At Waldman Plumbing, our certified plumbers can diagnose problems and provide the plumbing repair or plumbing installation that you need in Swampscott, Boston or the surrounding areas. If you have a question or need plumbing service give Waldman Plumbing a call today—we’d be happy to help!