Blended hot water supplies for taps used by young children
It is possible to fit a thermostatic blending valve on the hot water supply to a basin tap that automatically mixes the hot and cold water together to get just the right temperature for hand washing. It is fitted directly below the basin. I know from my experience of bringing up my son how useful it was to have basin taps that automatically gave hot water at a safe temperature. It allowed my son to become more independent using the taps and for me it removed another hazard to be on the look out for – scalding hot water. I highly recommend fitting a blender valve by the time your child is toddling. In fact they make life so much easier for all users by removing the need to manually adjust and readjust the mix that they should be fitted as standard in my opinion (as they are in nursing homes and schools).
The above photo shows an example of a blender valve in a vanity unit below a basin. There is also a valve available that allows a more compact, neater installation for instances when the pipework is on show.
As a guide, a typical installation for one basin would be £150 all in and for two basins £230. Contact me for a quote.
They are best fitted to high pressure, balance supplies – where the water pressure is the same in hot and cold pipes. So if you have a combi boiler or an unvented hot water cylinder, that is ideal. If either hot or cold are from a tank in the loft then it’s often not ideal, but feel free to contact me for advice.