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Tempering Water Temps

Preventing scalding AND Disease


Did you know the water in your hot water tank needs to be maintained at 60ºC (140 ºF) to prevent bacterial growth? However, water at this temperature can scald within a few seconds. So how do you prevent bacterial growth and scalding temperatures at the same time? By installing a thermal mixing valve, also known as an anti-scald device. They blend hot and cold water to deliver water out of the tap at a temperature of 49ºC (120ºF). This way the stored water is hot enough to prevent bacterial growth while delivering hot water that won’t scald.Baby Bath


Facts and Figures

  • Scalds account for 20% of all burns.
  • Nationally, over 300 children, people with disabilities and older adults are treated in hospitals each year in Canada for hot tap water scalds. Children under five years of age sustained three-quarters of these scalds, with children less than two years of age sustaining more than two-thirds of these injuries.
  • Water stored below 50 C increases the possibility that Legionella bacteria will thrive in the tank. In a study done for Hydro Quebec, an estimated 100 people annually were hospitalized for pneumonia-like symptoms caused by contaminated hot-water heaters.
  • Came into effect in 2004. Also applies to any new water heater replacements/installationsYou may choose to have “full-strength” hot water piped directly to the dishwasher and other appliances.
  • Installation of anti-scald valves is typically simple and inexpensive ($150-$200). Most models are installed in the hot-water line just above the water tank.

Further, unwanted temperature fluctuations are an annoyance and can be a safety hazard. When a toilet is flushed, for instance, cold water flows into the toilet’s tank and lowers the pressure in the cold-water pipes. If someone is taking a shower, they will suddenly feel the water become hotter as less cold water is available to the shower valve. A sudden burst of hot water can cause serious burns, particularly in young children, who have thinner skin than adults. Also, a startling thermal shock – hot or cold – may cause a person to fall in the shower as they scramble on the slippery surface to adjust the water temperature.

anti scald valve

Anti-scald valves mitigate this danger by maintaining water temperature at a safe level, even as pressures fluctuate in water supply lines.

Heads Up! If you like really hot showers installing the mixing valve will leave you tempered… har har har








a Home Inspection Primer

The deal is signed, financing is good, now you just need to find a home inspector, or HI as we like to call ourselves. Hopefully, you didn’t wait until now to find an inspector. Typically you’ll only have 5 days before you have to “sign off” on any conditions, like financing or the inspection. If you have a trust with your Realtor, they’ll have your back and you can try the 3 names they give you. If your agent is professional, this shouldn’t be a problem and you should feel confident in interviewing these referrals. However, we’re seeing a change to the process. With social media blossoming, we see more and more consumers checking out HI’s thought the various media outlets. At the very least, consumers are Googling to find their inspector. However this approach is in it’s infancy because most HI’s are behind the times when it comes to media marketing. So how do you find the right HI? Do it the old fashioned way! With the internet looming around every corner it might sound strange but, ask those who have gone before you. It’s likely you know someone or they know someone who’s had a positive experience. If this fails call the inspector and ask for referrals or at least you want to see some legit testimonials.

While The Home Coach would of course like to work with you, we also would like to help you regardless of any working relationship. So here’s my point; what many clients don’t realize is, there is no regulation in Ontario. This means anyone can call themselves a home inspector. No education, no experience and they’re out there inspecting, most likely your biggest investment. So how can you know if you’re getting a professional inspection from someone qualified to do so? As a guideline, here’s what many experienced HI’s believe. To make a proficient inspector takes a formal training program and then 2 years and/or 1000 inspections. Anything less and you’ll need to hear of some history as a general contractor, or renovator. BTW, a singular trade is not really enough because there are so many systems that make up a house/building.

I hope I’ve given you some points that will help you find the right inspector for you. There are a number of good men and, I’m happy to say, women out there, and even if I’m not your man, I sincerely hope it all goes well for you.









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