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What are the three types of shower valves?

The three main types of shower valves commonly used in residential settings are:

    Thermostatic Shower Valve: A thermostatic shower valve is designed to maintain a consistent water temperature during a shower. It contains a thermostatic cartridge that senses the water temperature and adjusts the mixing of hot and cold water to maintain a set temperature. This type of valve is particularly useful for households with young children or individuals who require precise control over water temperature. Thermostatic valves also provide protection against sudden temperature fluctuations, such as when someone flushes a toilet or uses water elsewhere in the house.

    Pressure-Balancing Shower Valve: A pressure-balancing shower valve is responsible for regulating the pressure of hot and cold water to prevent sudden temperature changes. It features a pressure-balancing cartridge that adjusts the water flow to compensate for changes in water pressure. This helps to maintain a relatively constant water temperature, even if there are fluctuations in hot or cold water supply pressure. Pressure-balancing valves are primarily designed to prevent scalding incidents caused by sudden changes in water temperature.

    Manual Shower Valve: A manual shower valve, also known as a traditional or standard shower valve, requires manual adjustment of both the hot and cold water knobs to achieve the desired water temperature and flow rate. These valves are usually basic in design and do not have built-in mechanisms for temperature or pressure regulation. Manual shower valves are often the simplest and most cost-effective option, but they lack the temperature stability and safety features provided by thermostatic or pressure-balancing valves.

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