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Does my hot water system need a temperature valve?

What is a tempering valve, and does your hot water system need one?

A tempering valve, often referred to as a mixing valve or thermostatic mixing valve (TMV), is an essential plumbing device designed to blend hot water with cold water. It ensures that the water delivered to your taps, showers, and baths maintains a safe and comfortable temperature. The primary purpose of this valve is to prevent scalding by regulating the maximum temperature of the hot water.

In New South Wales, installing a tempering valve in residential properties is legally required to adhere to safety standards that aim to prevent scalding accidents. These valves must be fitted on hot water systems supplying fixtures such as showers, baths, and sinks. It is vital that a licensed plumber installs and adjusts the tempering valve to ensure it is properly sized and set to deliver water at a safe temperature, with a maximum limit of 50°C.

Ensure your family’s safety by contacting a licensed plumber to assess and install a tempering valve in your hot water system today.

Relining damaged plumbing pipes vs. excavation: Which is right for you?

Property owners often need to choose between relining or excavating the pipes when dealing with damaged or deteriorating pipes. Here’s a comparative look at both methods:

Relining pipes

  • Non-invasive: Pipe relining is a trenchless technology that avoids the need to excavate the entire pipe. Instead, a liner is inserted into the pipe and cured.
  • Minimal disruption: Relining doesn’t require extensive digging, so it causes minimal disturbance to landscaping, driveways, and other property structures.
  • Faster installation: This method is usually quicker than excavation since it eliminates the need for significant digging and subsequent restoration work.
  • Cost-effective: Despite a higher initial cost, relining can be more economical over time due to lower labour and restoration expenses.
  • Durability: The liners used in relining are durable and resistant to corrosion, tree root intrusion, and other common causes of pipe damage
  • Longevity: Properly installed pipe liners can last for several decades, offering long-term protection.

Excavating pipes

  • Complete access: Excavation allows for a thorough inspection and repair by providing full access to the damaged pipe.
  • Customisation: Repairs can be tailored to address specific issues such as extensive damage or corrosion.
  • Suitable for certain situations: Excavation might be the only viable option in cases of severely collapsed pipes or large-scale damage.
  • Higher disruption: Digging up pipes can significantly disrupt landscaping, driveways, and other structures and often requires extensive restoration work.
  • Time-consuming: Excavation and pipe repair can take longer, particularly if extensive damage or complications arise.
  • Higher cost: Excavation is generally more expensive than relining due to its labour-intensive nature and the need for restoration afterwards.

Both methods have their pros and cons. Relining is preferred for its non-invasive nature, minimal disruption, and long-term durability, while excavation is necessary when relining is not feasible. The decision should be based on factors like the extent of damage, pipe accessibility, budget, and personal preferences.

Consult with us to determine the best approach for repairing your damaged pipes.