Shower valves are used to regulate the flow of water to the shower. In some regions, installation of shower valves is mandated by the municipality. Depending on the type of residence, the valve must conform to a certain specification. Shower valves are one of the central components in the operation of your shower. They can be used to regulate not only the flow of water, but also to ensure that the water is at the temperature that you desire. A lot of craftsmanship and engineering design goes into the construction of shower valves to ensure that they operate efficiently.
As showers now come in different many forms, you can find an equally large variety of shower valves. Determining and choosing one that is suitable for your shower can either be more difficult or easier, and will depend on your point of view. Shower valves can be constructed to work automatically, with the push of a button, or manually. They may be concealed, or they may be exposed. With both the reflected and exposed versions, there are the thermostatic configurations that are used to maintain the water at a constant temperature.
Thermostatic valves were designed primarily for safety. In multiple dwelling units, these types of valves are essential as fluctuations in the flow and temperature of the water are sure to occur. An imbalance can result in someone in the shower being scalded, if too many people are using the colder water. They also add the convenience of not having to continuously regulate the flow of water in your shower.
When installing valves for your shower, depending on the available space limitations, design consideration or preference, you can choose to conceal the valve. Some valves are actually designed to be displayed as part of your shower plumbing system. These valves require manual operation, but because of the innovative design, they can enhance the appearance of your shower or bath area. Manual valves can also be understood, to offer a minimalistic appearance that is popular with some who believe that less is more.
Pressure balanced valves are commonly used and designed to work on a simple principle. The system normally consist of a control unit and the handle. Turning the handle either to the left or right will respectively increase either the amount of hot or cold water. The pressure in the valve is affected by changes in the volume of hot or cold water. Adjustment will result in a re-balancing the pressure to the previous state. For example, flushing a toilet will lower the amount of colder water to the shower. A pressure balanced valve will then reduce the amount of hot water.
These systems are easy to use and are accurate enough to maintain the water-temperatures to within three degrees of the original setting. They may be suitable for use in showers that are used infrequently, or for shorter periods, such as guests` or childrens` bathrooms. The pressure balance valve may also include a diverter that directs water from the head of the shower to the tub, and in some models, volume control may also be included.