How to Install a Toilet Mixing Valve How to Install a Toilet Mixing Valve
A mixing valve is often installed in your homes water system if you are experiencing problems with condensation or sweating of the water tank. This is a fairly common problem and fitting a toilet mixing valve can be enough to resolve the issue. A toilet mixer valve works by mixing the cold and hot water together to prevent the water tank from sweating which can be a very frustrating problem for many people.
Step 1 - Attaching the Pipe
Decide now whether you will be using compression fittings or soldered joints. Compression fittings are easier, but more expensive, which is why most professionals will use soldered joints. However, compression fittings are ideal for DIY projects.
Connect the mixer valve onto a small piece of copper pipe which is around 6 inches long, this can then be connected to the supply lines when you're ready. The pipe can then be connected to the water supply using the compression fittings.
Step 2 - Switching the Water Off
The water must be switched off before attempting any work on your plumbing system. You should also drain the system of all water so that it is safe to cut into the pipes.
Step 3 - Connecting to the Water Lines
If you are inserting this into existing water pipes then you will need to fist cut the pipes. Then clean the pipes using a piece of wire wool.
Wrap Teflon tape around the ends of the pies and fix the mixer valve onto them by using the compression joints. Make sure that the valve is positioned correctly before tightening the joints using a wrench.
The valve needs to be connected to both the hot and cold water lines. While fitting a new mixer valve you might as well fit a stop valve so that you can shut the water off to your toilet easily if ever required.
Step 4 - Finishing the Job
Now all you need to do is use the compression fittings to connect to the water lines connected to the toilet. You can now turn the water back on very slowly, start turning the cold line on and then turn the hot on. Check that there are no leaks as you are doing this.
Once you are sure there are no leaks you can put the floorboards down and cover the pipes up again. Leaks can be very damaging if they are not detected quickly.
Step 5 - Testing
Now all you need to do is flush the toilet so that you can test the system and get rid of any air which is inside the pipes. Hopefully this will cure any problems that you have been having with a sweating.
This is one of the easiest and most successful methods of dealing with condensation on your toilets water tank. If this doesn't cure the problem then you might need to call in a professional.