How do Shower Valves Work?
Shower valves are essential to enjoying a hot shower. They control the flow of water from the pipes into your home, and they make sure that you have just enough pressure available for your needs. You have no doubt used one before, but do you know how they work? This blog post will discuss shower valves and provide an overview of just how they operate. Read on to find out how they work, what problems can arise with them, and how you can fix these problems.
Some showers have a single valve that controls the water flow. Other showers have two or more valves that control the flow and the temperature of the water. You’ve probably seen this in your home; one knob marked with ‘H’ for hot and ‘C’ for cold.
Basically, a shower valve works like this: the hot water flows from the main to a mixing valve; when you turn on the faucet, cold water enters into one side of this valve. When both sides are equal, it’s safe to mix them and provide you with a temperature suitable for your needs.
You can also adjust the valves using knobs that increase or decrease heat. The knobs work by adjusting how much hot and cold flow through each other before they reach their final destination in your shower head. This means more energy-efficient showers!
However, there are some problems associated with these types of valves. They occasionally break down over time as minerals build up inside due to hard water usage (or lack thereof). In addition, if not replaced correctly, you could quickly rack up energy bills since your shower will try to work extra hard. Also, in the long run, the valves may stop working altogether.
Common Shower Valve Problems
There are moments when you jump into the shower, turn it on, and realize that something’s amiss. There could be several reasons why your shower valve isn’t working properly, and these include:
- Low water pressure due to a clogged filter. This usually happens when the hard minerals accumulate inside and block water flow, resulting in low pressure. The mineral deposits can get stuck on other parts, causing problems like slow draining or lack of temperature control (hot, cold). Sometimes even dirt accumulates inside too!
- Leaking may occur if there is an issue with seals on the handle, which cause it to break down, requiring replacement over time. However, this isn’t always because of wear and tear, but poor installation work since poorly installed shoddy products tend to fail faster than expected. Also, having small children around where they play with the faucets can cause leakage over time.
- Sudden temperature changes can affect your shower valve too. Suppose you find your shower water to be different in temperature. In that case, the cartridge inside likely needs replacement. The cartridge could’ve been exposed and damaged during installation work or simply because of a leak over time which made the valve lose its ability to control temperatures accurately.