Encountering a blockage in your workplace restroom is one of the worst feelings in the world. It is a particularly unpleasant experience not only from the wet slippery floor but also the ugly mess and the unpleasant odor that escapes to other areas in your building. The overall dirty appearance and the havoc wrecked on the plumbing system leads to a heavy plumbing bill, not to mention the dreadful reflection it has on the hygiene standards of your business. Here are the two common causes of drain blockage and possible fixes.
Using Too Much Toilet Paper
Toilet paper, a luxury of the modern society, could be the culprit that is causing you more problems than convenience. Many people deem public toilets unsanitary, and for this reason, excessive toilet paper will end up being flushed which eventually clogs the drains. The idea of sitting on the same toilet seat that countless bare-butted strangers have sat on does raise health issue concerns, especially among your female customers. They become very eager to do whatever they can to shield themselves from germs. So what do they do? They grab and rip off layer after layer of toilet paper to cover the bottom of the toilet seat and later flash the excessive toilet paper with the toilet paper they actually used. While it’s easy and cleaner to flush toilet paper, not all drain systems are meant to accommodate the extra toilet paper.
Possible fix: Disposable Toilet Seat Covers
Disposable toilet seat covers are pretty smart. The main concern among your customers is cleanliness. While you may think this is an expensive option, seat covers will definitely save you some potential clogs and expensive repairs in the future. You can install a dispensing unit in each toilet or right outside the toilet for easy access. Flushing a toilet seat cover rather than layers of toilet paper prevents potential clogs since they are made of very thin materials.
Flushing feminine products
Sanitary napkins and other female products such as tampons can clog pipes if flushed down the toilet. Women will flush away their sanitary waste if there are no sanitary bins provided or the available bins are kept unclean. Flushing feminine products could result in clogged drains.
Possible fix: Provide Proper Sanitary Bins
A wonderful solution to flushing female products is to provide proper sanitary bins in each unit. Also, the bins should be kept clean and safe with a shield from any sight of the current contents.
With these two solutions, not only will your customers feel happy and safer in your working environment, but it will also save you hundreds of dollars in repairs.
Automatic hand dryers cut down on paper towel waste which can, in turn, save your facility on the cost of the towels and janitorial costs in removing them. This can also ensure your facility stays cleaner, without overflowing trash cans. While you may not give much thought to the automatic hand dryers that are in your facility, you may have more choices than you realize. Note a few considerations to keep in mind so you get the right hand dryer for your restrooms.
Always first check the size of the area in which you’ll be installing the hand dryer, and especially for restrooms where you’ll need more than one. Some hand dryers are very large and trying to fit two onto a wall next to each other can mean having one too close to the sink, which could cause crowding and a problem with the electrical installation. Your electrician should be consulted to note how much space you need between the hand dryer and the sink so you can then choose hand dryers that are appropriately sized.
Hand dryers can often be quite loud and this is a problem for medical establishments and schools in particular, where the noise might carry into the next room. Check the decibel level of a potential hand dryer and note if it might be better to downgrade the motor or blower; this might cause people to take a few extra seconds to dry their hands but it means a quieter operation.
Hygienic hand dryer
A hand dryer with a HEPA filter attached will help to keep dust, dirt, hair, and other such debris from circulating under its blowers. You may need to change the filter regularly but this can add to the cleanliness of a medical facility or restaurant. Look for an antimicrobial coating for the hand dryer for maximum cleanliness; this is a coating that doesn’t allow bacteria, germs, and other such contaminants to stay on the surface.
Hand dryers usually work on a timer that shuts them off after so long; this might be anywhere from 5 to 30 seconds, depending on the model. A low-energy consumption hand dryer might shut off after 5 seconds, but note if this is long enough for an actual drying cycle. Users might continuously switch the dryer on to get their hands dry, so don’t assume that a fast cycle is automatically going to mean less energy usage. Choose a low wattage dryer that consumes less energy overall if you’re worried about the cost of using hand dryers, versus one with a fast timing cycle.