Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Tempeau®?
Tempeau is a revolutionary thermostatic bathing and showering system.
The concept of tempeau from Abode was born partially from legislation changes to thermostatic bathing safety introduced in April 2010 and partially from on-going conversations with the public and installers.
Thermostatic showers have long since been increasing in popularity in the UK, but when thermostatic regulation came into force there were, and still remains, very few options available to customers. In addition many options available can be time consuming for the plumber to install and therefore costly or involve the need for two thermostatic valves to be purchased which again can be costly.
So at the heart of our concept is the tempeau thermostatic valve design, which has been designed and created to deliver the following elements.
Firstly to ensure thermostatic safety is delivered to both bathing and showering experiences alike.
Secondly to be significantly faster and easier to install and maintain compared to existing wall mounted solutions, tempeau is connected to the underside of the bath and so dependent upon the configuration, the installer doesn’t have to channel out the wall to recess a valve or replace any tiles, the idea was to create an installers dream allowing them to move onto the next job quickly.
Thirdly to allow the user to obtain the best possible flow performance from the UK’s notoriously low pressure hot water systems.
And finally to be intrinsically simple to understand and easy to order. All the customer has to do is choose the style of kit configuration and the design of the hand wheels required from the offer.
The result, is an easy to install, carefully selected combination of bathing and showering kits where all the clever stuff is hidden away under the bath so all the customer sees is the minimal unobtrusive controls, design coordinated to any of the bathroom style families.
Is there a new legislation in place regarding New Homes and thermostatic bath fillers?
Yes, new Government legislation was introduced in April 2010, in which it modified the requirement for bath fillers to be thermostatically controlled within New Homes.(Scotland introduced this law 3 years previously) All new-build homes across England and Wales will now have to have devices fitted that limit the temperature of the bath water to a maximum of 48°C.
What are the advantages of installing a thermostatic shower and / or bath valve in my home?
There are numerous advantages; however here are 5 of the key ones.
- The prevention of accidental scalding which is equally important to adults as children or the elderly.
- Removes ‘endless fiddling’ with the temperature mix during a shower (as required with manual valves).
- Consistent temperature throughout the duration of use regardless of incoming water temperatures or pressures.
- Reduction of wasted heating and water during initial phase of showering.
- Safety cut of in case of interruption of cold water supply.
What does TMV stand for?
TMV stand for Thermostatic Mixing Valve. It is designed to quickly stop the flow of water should the output temperature exceed the maximum safe setting. A wax thermostatic element expands and contracts with different temperature levels; this movement is used to adjust the amount of hot water allowed to mix with the cold.
Will my thermostatic shower valve, delivery hot water if someone turns on the cold water tap in my bathroom at the same time?
No, all Abode thermostatic showers have an automatic fail safe built in – should the cold supply fail then the shower will automatically switch off the supply of hot water also.
What is limescale and how do I remove it?
Hard water is a mixture of calcium and magnesium compounds and is naturally occurring in some parts of the countries water supply. Limescale, the white chalky deposits left by this ‘hard water’ can reduce the life of ceramic valves and may mark the tap and shower.
Limescale when dry will have a white chalky appearance and will generally gather around the end of the spout, base of the spout and body of the tap.
A simple remedy to remove limescale marks and deposits (other than rubbing spray head nozzles) is to dilute white vinegar with water; soak the affected areas then clean with a soft cloth (an old toothbrush may be helpful for tight areas), the product should be rinsed with water afterwards.
The longer the limescale has been present the harder it will be to clean. Do not scrape the limescale off with a sharp object as this will scratch or damage the surface of the tap.
Customers should avoid domestic limescale cleaners as they will void their warranty and damage their product.
Please ref to our ‘Caring for your products’ section for further details on how to maintain your tap.
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