Grohe Thermostatic vs Pressure Balanced Valves

Grohtherm 2000 exposed thermostatic bath/shower mixer Thermstats and pressure balance valves blend the hot and cold water supplies and control the water flow to the showerhead. Thermostatic valves are more expensive, however they offer a number of beneficial safety features in return for the additional cost.ThermostatsFor safety and comfort, a thermostat is an essential part of every shower. It allows you to pre-set a preferred water temperature and maintains it for the duration of your shower. A thermostat will adjust the water supply to the shower within Continue reading →

Moen PosiTemp Valve Vs. Moentrol Valve

What is the difference between a Moen PosiTemp valve and a Moentrol Valve? First we look at the similarities of the two valves. Both offer a pressure-balanced system that maintains water temperature within two degrees. Built-in temperature limit stops which all you to control how far the handle rotates, therefore, controlling the range of water temperature. Available in a variety of connections from common 1/2″ CC/Sweat, 1/2″ IPS threaded, 1/2 PEX or CPVC. Meets pressure-balancing safety codes. Now we look at the differences between the Continue reading →

Shower Valve With Stops, What Does That Mean?

“Valve Stops” or “With Stops” means that the shower faucet valve includes shut-offs for the water line so you don’t have to shut off water to the entire house to work or repair parts on the shower/tub system. The video tuorial above will explain what stops are and why they are used. Stops are a screwdriver shut off mechanism that allows the water supply to be cut off directly at the valve without affecting the water supply to the whole house or building. Convenient for Continue reading →

Shower Valve Options, What Is Behind The Wall?

In this Valve video tutorial we will take a look behind your shower faucet. The purpose of the valve is to control the flow of water and/or temperature. When you turn the valve handle the valve mixes the hot and cold water supplied through the lines that are behind the walls of your tub or shower. Valves are specific to each manufacturer. One manufacturer’s trim kit or faucet will not work with another manufacturer’s valve. If you choose to replace your existing tub/shower faucet with Continue reading →