Archive for the ‘Bathroom Plumbing’ Category

OW! That’s Hot: Anti-Scald Devices Protect Your Family

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Provide Your Family With Peace of Mind;Install Anti-Scald Devices

 

anti-scald devicesGrateful for the warm tub of water, with its steam enveloping the entire room, I quickly sank into the bathtub’s depths. The warm water would be a welcoming relief for my tired and aching muscles.

It wasn’t long before you heard the sounds of my yells…

The water was far too hot – almost on the brink of scalding hot to be exact. To avoid facing 1st, 2nd or even 3rd degree burns; I quickly exited the water. Situations just like this are common – more so than you’ve ever imagined.

In fact, according to the Burn Foundation, over 500,000 scald burns are reported annually in the United States. Those most at risk include children under the age of five and adults over the age of 65.

Preventing Scald Injuries

Hot tap water accounts for seventeen percent of all reported childhood scald hospitalizations. In as little as 1 second, a child can face 3rd degree burns at a water temperature of 156° (2 seconds = 149°, 5 seconds = 140°, 15 seconds = 133°).

Anti-scald devices and techniques is your best form of prevention – even just turning the hot water heater down to 120° degrees (most water heaters are set to 140°) can make all the difference between burning someone and not.

Here are some of the things you can do to prevent burns:

  • Test the water’s temperature by moving your hand back and forth in the water before placing a child into the bath or getting in the bath yourself.
  • Never leave children unattended; not even for a second!
  • Adjust the hot water heater to 120°, rather than its default setting.
  • Install anti-scale devices on all of your faucets and showerheads.

Anti-Scald Devices

Anti-scald devices are typically the safest ways to ensure no one gets accidentally burned. These devices make it nearly impossible to get burned when you immerse yourself in a tub full of water.

Whole house mixing valves can protect your entire home, no matter how many faucets you have. Or you can also install “hot stop” equipped faucets and showerheads for the kitchen and bathroom.

These devices allow you to set a maximum temperature (typically between 100° and 140° degrees; however, we recommend 120° degrees). Once the water reaches your desired temperature, the device will automatically reduce the hot water by replacing some of it with cold water.

While small, these devices sure are powerful. They are also able to protect the bather from being scalded by hot water surges. You know, those moments when someone flushes the toilet and you have to jump away from the water’s spray?

If you’d like more information about having anti-scald devices installed in your home or upgrading your outdated water heater, please feel free to contact the professional plumbers at A-Peoria today: (623) 979-7223.

Plumbing Fixtures That Fit Your Décor Style

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Plumbing FixturesDo you remember when you could walk into your local home improvement or hardware store and quickly select a new plumbing fixture from a minuscule selection? Yeah, well those days are long gone.

Today, plumbing fixtures include a wide assortment of metals, faucet and showerhead types, control options and colors. Whether your style preferences are contemporary or modern; there is a style that fits your décor style.

From kitchen faucets that respond to your every move, to showerheads that cascade water like a waterfall, to space-saving toilets, to water filtration faucets and everything in between there is something for everyone and every budget. As a leading plumbing company in Greenville South Carolina, we’ve installed them all and never ceased to be amazed at the newest intelligent designs and technical capabilities.

However, with such a wide selection of plumbing fixtures on the market today, it is easy to get caught up in the battle of finding the perfect fixture. A fixture that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical.

Consider the following two tips, which were compiled after much research, when choosing plumbing fixtures to incorporate into your home’s decor. And, remember, if you have any questions to call A-Peoria at 623-979-7223.

#1 – Know Your Décor Style

Deciding which types of fixtures you can incorporate into your home’s décor is the first thing you should do. Whether your kitchen or bathroom is modern, classic or traditional, your plumbing fixtures should have similar details. If you are remodeling your bathroom here are some ideal surfaces for bathrooms.

Horizontal styling along with chrome or nickel finishes are representative of modern designs, whereas, simple and clean styling is representative of more traditional designs.

#2 – Know Your Budget

With such a wide selection of fixtures available, many of which can be quite pricy, it pays to know and stick to a budget. Shop around for prices rather than just purchasing the first one you see.

If you are on a tight budget, you should check to see if there are in plumbing warehouses within your area, or search online stores (they often have a nice selection of plumbing fixtures at affordable prices).

We’d love to hear what type of plumbing fixtures our readers love. Do you prefer ones that make a bold statement all their own or those that blend in quite nicely with your existing décor?