Home inspection story inaccurate

Published12/6/2007 12:28 AM

I am writing in response to Mr. Joseph Ryan's article Nov. 16, "Getting a Safe, Sound Home."

He states a tub and shower combo must have a control valve limiting water temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. That is false.


Per state of IL Plumbing Code 2004 Sec 890 690 B, water temperature safety, shower bath combinations shall be provided with an automatic safety water device to prevent sudden unanticipated mixing changes in water temperatures. The mixing device shall be either thermostatic, pressure balance, or combination controlled ANSI/ASSE 1016 1990, with a handle rotation limit/stop adjusted to a max of 115 degrees Fahrenheit, not 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

I suggest Mr. Ryan in the future would ask a licensed plumber on issues concerning the plumbing code, not a home inspector who is not licensed to inspect plumbing per the plumbing license law.

Charles R. Linkenheld Schaumburg

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