Have you jumped on the mixer tap bandwagon yet? You have likely, especially if your home has all the other mod-cons of the past decade or more. Firstly, they’re modern, trendy and slick – which is always a winner. But the convenience and simplicity make the difference, as a mixer tap cleverly does away with the need for separate hot and cold taps and blends together in your choice’s styling. Today, we’re not going to talk about the popularity of this modern plumbing phenomenon, but rather, how does a mixer tap work?
It’s one of the questions we get asked the most by the more curious of our clients, and for a good reason – it was a significant plumbing breakthrough to blend the hot and cold water sources into a single plumbing fixture that gives the user the easiest possible way to get that temperature just right.
How Does a Tap Work?
How do mixer taps work? To answer that question most easily, let’s look at a more general question: How do taps work?
- The tap is attached to the mains water pipe
- Mains water is held in a chamber in the tap until it’s turned on
- Turn the tap on by rotating the handle anticlockwise
- This unscrews an internal valve … and the water starts to flow.
It’s the same process for hot and cold taps, meaning you’ll need to manually adjust both to get a specific temperature other than hot or freezing without a mixer tap. Although the styles, types,s and varieties of taps differ wildly, how taps work is consistent across the entire range – including the mixer tap.
So how does the mixer tap use the same essential tap operation but cleverly combine hot and cold sources that allow the user to manipulate a single lever to get the desired hot water temperature? Let’s explain:
How Do Mixer Taps Work?
In a single plumbing fixture with one spout, a mixer tap features either one or two controls for the hot and cold water – with the single-control version, moving the control in one direction is for “hot”, and the other is for “cold”.
1. Small holes
The tap unit has various small holes that plumbers usually refer to as either butterfly – due to the shape – or valves.
2. Hot & cold
As the single fixture is connected to both the standard mains supply (cold) as well as the line from your hot water system, manipulating the control/s will open more or less of the holes until – at the extreme – all holes are open, and either fully hot or fully-cold temperatures are achieved.
3. Warm water
A custom mix between hot and cold water – known as warm water! – will mean that only some of the hot and some of the cold water ‘holes’ are open.
4. A precise mix
However, how a tap works of the mixer variety means you never have to settle for ‘hot’, ‘cold’, or ‘warm’. The natural beauty of the mixer tap is that it is highly susceptible to tiny changes in the position of the lever, meaning you can achieve precisely the temperature you desire.
Ask Gold Coast’s Experts How Taps Work
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