Right from the start
Managing water safety is important in all bathrooms but nowhere is it more critical than in healthcare environments. In hospitals and care homes, the thermostatic control of taps is a key requirement to ensure safe temperature of hot water at the point of use. Paul Musgrove, Specification Manager for the Health and Care Sector at Reliance Water Controls (RWC), explains how the company’s Caremix® range of thermostatic taps and showers helps plumbers to ensure the stringent hygiene and infection control standards demanded in healthcare are met right from the point of installation.
Fit for purpose
Whether fitting washroom solutions in a huge new hospital or upgrading facilities in a small residential care home, it’s more than likely the products being installed have been chosen because their features will more easily help to meet and maintain water management, hygiene and infection control standards.
For those fitting these systems, ease of product installation is absolutely essential but more so, believes RWC, is the ability to ensure that they are fitted correctly, to minimise any potential issues once they’ve been commissioned and are in use.
Therefore, RWC underpins its product offering with a comprehensive technical service that provides customers with steadfast and reliable support to help achieve the best possible product performance. For example, we provide onsite training for plumbers, giving them guidance on how to best install our thermostatic taps and showers in healthcare premises, making sure they’ll be able to meet the required regulations and exacting standards and minimising the risk of future issues or damage.
To further aid the installation process, we reduce its complexity for plumbers by packaging and delivering products such as TMV3 shower valves to be fitted in to two clear stages; behind the wall and in front of the wall. We also help them to easily flush through a system after the first stage fix when all of the components have been secured behind the wall, to remove any left behind grit and dirt so that the products will confidently meet the rigorous requirements of healthcare environments from the moment they have been installed.
While we endeavour to keep product installation as simple as possible, we believe the same principle should be applied to ongoing product maintenance to bring multiple benefits, particularly in healthcare and care facilities where inadequate cleaning and disinfection can really be a matter of life or death.
Although it’s been a hot topic for many years, poor infection control is still making headlines. Earlier this year an NHS Trust was fined for inadequate Legionella control practices following the death of a patient, who was believed to have contracted Legionnaires’ disease from a hospital shower.
For this reason, the changing circumstances that surround the issues of pseudomonas and legionella control in UK healthcare facilities, makes the design, supply, installation and maintenance of water systems and products a big challenge. Varying industry viewpoints and new technologies also add confusion when it comes to making the right decision on product choice.
Simplicity built in
The Caremix range is therefore designed to address the specific requirements in tackling water safety, scalding potential and hygiene and infection control by helping to ensure good clinical maintenance procedures are easily followed to help safeguard patient welfare.
In practice, every tap in the range uses a unique Aegle one piece thermostatic cartridge as standard. Requiring just one type of cartridge makes maintenance as simple as possible, it also minimises the risk of mistakes and damage because it’s impossible to fit any other type with the range.
Utilising a cartridge system means the components of each tap can be accessed from in front of the wall with an allen key, ensuring maintenance and repairs can be done quickly and easily. In facilities where it’s vital to minimise downtime or avoid area closures this is incredibly beneficial.
With this in mind, both wall mounted and deck mounted Caremix taps have been designed for easy removal for cleaning, repair or replacement. Following isolation, the entire tap can be removed simply and a spare installed. Taking this principle of ‘front of wall’ maintenance a step further the one-piece internal brass housing, which contains the non-return valve, cylindrical strainer and flow regulator, can be removed and replaced immediately, leaving time to clean or repair the internal components away from the washroom with no ‘downtime’.
A new disinfection flushing hose has been introduced to the range, which allows the tap to be cleansed with scalding water in seconds, while the tap is in situ, killing any germs as part of a robust and highly efficient maintenance programme.
The taps also have a Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) coating to resist scratching and deterioration of the chrome finish. Not only does this mean they stay looking good for longer, it also ensures they can endure the robust and vigorous maintenance that’s so essential when working in the healthcare sector.
Reliance Water Controls (RWC), the brand at the forefront of Thermostatic (TMV) technology, has introduced the Ausimix® Compact range of thermostatic mixing valves. These high performance TMVs have TMV2 and TMV3 approval and are made from nickel-plated DZR brass, with high quality internal fittings for durability and longevity.
As you would expect from an RWC product, safety is paramount with the Ausimix Compact range, which offers a stable mixed water temperature and features a rapid failsafe for supreme protection against scalding or thermal shock on either hot or cold supply failure. Approved by BuildCert under both the TMV2 and TMV3 schemes, the range is ideal for both domestic and healthcare environments being Part G and NHS MES D08 compliant. The range is also WRAS approved.
Ausimix is available in two versions, the 2 in 1 and the 4 in 1, both in a choice of 15mm or 22mm pipe sizes. The compact body of the Ausimix valve assists with installation, even in restricted spaces, and the additional option of a 2 in 1 model with Telescopic Union Connectors gives even greater flexibility for retro-fit applications, permitting 10mm of flexibility on both inlets. Furthermore, there are also 2 in 1 and 4 in 1 versions available with SharkBite pushfit ends for even quicker installation.
Each valve is factory set at 38°C with a temperature setting range of 38°C – 46°C, hot supply of between 52 – 65°C (max 85°C) and a cold supply of 5- 25°C. The Ausimix is designed to work at flow rates as low as 4lpm and to withstand maximum working pressures of up to 10 bar.
Koert Munnik, Commercial Director at RWC, commented: “We are delighted to be extending the RWC thermostatic mixing valves range with the Ausimix Compact range, which means we have a range to suit all applications, both domestic and healthcare, individual and group installations. We are always looking at how we can improve our product range to benefit our customers and this latest range of TMVs will allow faster, neater installations especially in applications where space is restrictive.”
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New multi-function valves from Reliance Water Controls
Leading manufacturer Reliance Worldwide Corporation (UK) Ltd (RWC UK) has launched three new valve innovations under its Reliance Water Controls brand. The brand new Combined PRV/TBV Valve and two new larger size Tenant® valves have been designed to provide multiple functions, easing installation, use and maintenance.
This combination valve incorporates a pressure reducing valve and thermal balancing valve in an all-in-one cartridge design. Used on circulating hot water systems, the valve reduces water pressure and balances the system by regulating the flow depending on the temperature.
Often Pressure Reducing Valves (PRVs) and Thermal Balancing Valves (TBVs) are installed together, yet the PRV is regularly situated in the wrong position on the system to operate effectively as it requires back pressure. As a combined unit RWC valve avoids installation citing errors, speeds up installation time and reduces leak potential. It is suitable for hot water applications and incorporates a built-in disinfection function to protect against legionella, a dry-fit thermometer, easy to read pressure indicator dial, integral strainer and MBSP union connections for ease of servicing. The valve is also supplied with its own bespoke insulation casing further saving time and cost.
The Tenant valve is now available in two new sizes, 1 ¼” and 1 ½”, and brings together five functions in one compact self-contained unit to control and monitor water supply in multi-occupancy buildings, such as flats and offices. The unit incorporates a ball isolating valve, which is also approved as a stop valve, a pressure reducing valve, double check valve, pressure gauge/test point and a connection point for the optional addition of either a primary or secondary water meter.
The cartridge-style design of the Tenant valve helps to save space and aid quick and easy maintenance as all components are easily accessible from one side of the valve. It is also supplied with a moulded insulating cover to save further installation time and cost.
Koert Munnik, Commercial Director for RWC UK, says, “By combining multiple functions, both valves provide multiple benefits for plumbers, saving them and their customers time and cost when it comes to installation and ongoing maintenance.”
Both the Combined TBV/PRV Valve and Tenant valves are also available with SharkBite connections, enabling the valves to be installed even more quickly and efficiently.