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The important role of the tempering valve on your hot water system

Hot water systems - tempering valves | Geelong | Torquay | Barwon Heads | Ocean Grove | Tomlinson Plumbing
Hot water systems - tempering valves | Geelong | Torquay | Barwon Heads | Ocean Grove | Tomlinson Plumbing

Hot water safety

In the years between 2001 and 2013, 59 fatalities were recorded as a result of scalding from mains supply heated water. Most scalding fatalities occurred in private dwellings and were elderly people.

It takes just 3 seconds to receive a second degree burn from water heated to 60 degrees, and 5 seconds for a third degree burn.   Whereas, with water heated to 50 degrees, it would take about 7 and 9 minutes respectively to receive second and third degree burns.

This is why tempering valves play such a vital role in our hot water management – they help to prevent injuries and save lives.

So, what does a tempering valve actually do, I hear you ask?

A tempering valve takes the hot water from your storage hot water system (which is usually stored at around 60-65 degrees to prevent the growth of legionella bacteria) and the cold water supply, and it mixes them to create a tempered hot water supply limited to 50 degrees, therefore, substantially reducing the risk of scalding.

It’s a fantastic little piece of engineering.

Tomlinson Plumbing has the experience and expertise to help you with your hot water in Geelong, Torquay,  Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove and surrounding areas.

We can assist with all brands of hot water systems–  Rheem, Rinnai, Vulcan, Aquamax, Bosch, Dux, Thermann & more.

Give us a call today on 5261 2422 to discuss you hot water requirements.  We're your local Master Plumber.

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