Ella Acrylic Walk In Bathtubs include an Ella Standard 5 Piece Faucet Set that comes with a Deck Mounted Thermostatic Control Valve, which is an anti-scald feature that keeps the water at a consistent temperature and prevents water from suddenly shifting to unsafe temperature levels.
- Adjustable water temperature preset
- No water temperature fluctuation at the faucet
- Prevents scalding and thermal shock
Standard On Walk In Tubs With an Ella 5 Piece Faucet Set
Cleaning and replacement of TCV cartridge due to calcium or other particle buildup in water is the customer’s responsibility. Ella’s Bubbles will provide cleaning of the cartridges or replacement of TCV at no cost if they are shipped to Ella’s Bubbles facility.
In some states, local plumbing codes require a TCV in showers and bathtubs, also in any commercial application. When the code does not require the TCV, please consider the fill time. TCV fill time is 7-8 GPM (gallons per minute) while fast fill deck mount bathtub faucets fill time range from 12 up to 18GPM. Lastly, the flow rate can be affected by size of supply lines or in-house water pressure. If possible install 3/4″ water lines vs 1/2″. When you choose TCV please consider your local water quality. The TCV cartridge’s is sensitive, and most likely will clog, and will need to removed and cleaned due to hard water with calcium and iron. Therefore the warranty for TCV is only 1 year. There are a variety of other TCV’s available in the market which can be installed into the hot water supply line. Please consult with experienced professional licensed plumber to avoid any issues down the road.
WHAT IS A THERMOSTATIC CONTROL VALVE?
The purpose of a Thermostatic Control Valve (TCV) is to regulate the temperature of water before it reaches your sink or bathtub faucet. A TCV ensures constant temperature of water by blending hot water with cold water to prevent scalding or thermal shock. There are circumstances where inlet temperature and pressure are inconsistent and pose potential danger to a bather. Responding to these variations in temperature and pressure is the only way to ensure maximum bather safety. The Ella has it’s own deck mount unique 5pc TCV faucet.
HOW A THERMOSTATIC CONTROL VALVE WORKS
Before the use of tempered water in a bathtub, outlet temperature is adjusted by a thermostat in the mixing chamber of the valve. The thermostat automatically positions a seat assembly which controls the flow of hot and cold water supplied to the mixing chamber. If the mixed outlet temperature decreases, the cold water inlet port gets blocked by the seat assembly. That is adjusted by the contraction of the thermostat. On the contrary, if the mixed outlet temperature increases, the hot water inlet port gets blocked by the seat assembly. That is adjusted by the expansion of the thermostat. In both cases, outlet water temperature is fixed at a set point.
ADVANTAGES OF A THERMOSTATIC CONTROL VALVE
Safety is one of our greatest concerns and that is why we use a Thermostatic Control Valve to regulate temperature output. Some plumbers and contractors recommend that home owners and installers reduce the temperature of their water heaters to save energy and prevent scalding. This isn’t a recommendation we would give, and would guide you away from doing so. According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE®), water in a home system needs to be stored at 140°F (60°C) otherwise Legionella disease bacteria (LDB) is susceptible to growth.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) says that “Legionnaires’ disease is an infection of the lungs that is a form of pneumonia. A person can develop Legionnaires’ disease by inhaling water mist contaminated with LDB.” In order to prevent Legionella colonization in your water heater, and to prevent scalding from the water temperature being so high, we install a Thermostatic Control Valve on our Acrylic Walk In Bathtub line.
Another reason why we prefer to use the deck mounted Thermostatic Control Valve is because of the adjustable water temperature preset. The set point temperature of the TCV is installed at 104°F but once the bathtub is installed in your home, a bather can adjust the set point temperature to his or her own preference.