Orleans: What is a Mixing Valve?
Hello Orleans, John THE Plumber here to talk to you about what a mixing valve is. The running water you use in your home daily isn’t something anyone puts a lot of thought into. You know how to reach for the knob or lever that controls the flow of water into your sinks, showers and bathtubs. You know the option to get cold water, hot water or a combination of both is always present. Also, you know how to manipulate your individual taps to get the desired temperature that works for you. But DO you know the mechanics within your plumbing system that ensures you don’t scald yourself every time you turn on the hot water faucet?
What we are speaking of it a device called a “mixing valve”, and it’s exactly what it sounds like: a plumbing device that controls the mix of cold and hot water to provide comfortable temperatures. The thing is these valves aren’t designed for your comfort. Without them turning on your taps can prove to be very dangerous.
Here at John THE Plumber we believe in safety first! We’ve decided to teach you a little bit about these valves and how they work. This can provide additional protection from you scalding yourself by accident.