How best to safely control hot water to a bathroom faucet?
April 14, 2014 11:41 AM Subscribe
How can I control hot water to a bathroom faucet (tap)?
posted by acoutu to Home & Garden (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I live in a 70s highrise. The hot water is extremely hot. I tried turning down the shut off valves. The hot water one is so hot that I have to use a cloth to turn it. If I turn it down all the way, I only have cold water. Even the tiniest move means I can access scalding water.
I have a young son who was traumatized by a hot water burn at a playpark. (We settled out of court.) While we continue to address his needs around that, I'm going stircrazy from having to set the water for him every. single. time. he needs to wash his hands.
I would like to get either a water mixing kit or a thermostatic faucet or something else. I would prefer not to spend money unnecessarily and a DIY option is worthy of consideration.
I've been to a well-known plumbing store here in town, where I received horribly condescending service, which honestly felt like sexism was at work. I have also been to Big Box stores, where the service was very helpful and they knew what I needed, but didn't know were to send me, since they don't carry it. They told me they used to a carry a kit that you could attach, but now all they have are mixing valves, which would involve a plumber.
Daycares here in Vancouver often have a water mixer, so I know there's something you can attach to a faucet to make sure the water is safe. Front line staff don't know where these come from.
I could also consider a thermostatic faucet, but they seem to be commercial and even the plumbing supply place (which was so rude that I won't return) doesn't usually carry them and couldn't even really explain it to me, plus it was a commercial faucet.
**Asking the building to turn down the heat isn't an option.** People on the top floor won't have hot enough water and they need enough hot water during times of high demand.
And, while I prefer to keep costs down, I am willing to spend to get what I want.
This is in Vancouver, Canada.