Should You Convert To A Flushometer System?
Part of running a successful business is making sure your bathroom facilities can accommodate your customers' needs. If your bathroom still has the traditional tank and bowl setup, though, you may want to consider switching to a flushometer system. Here's more information about it to help you determine if it's right for your business.
Remove Waste Using Water Pressure
Regular tank toilets use a combination of gravity and gallons of water to remove waste matter from the bowl. In contrast, a flushometer is a tankless toilet system that uses high pressure built up in a special chamber to send waste matter to the sewer lines. While the traditional tank setup may be more aesthetically appealing, the flushometer system offers a few superior benefits.
The most obvious is that a flushometer clears the bowl much more efficiently than a regular toilet, thanks to the high pressure that sends the water around the bowl more forcefully than normal. This minimizes the instance of solid waste sticking around and smelling up the bathroom.
Another benefit is the flushing mechanism takes up less space than a tank, which helps you make more efficient use of your bathroom space. Because there is no tank to fill, the toilet resets quicker, making it ready for use almost immediately. Lastly, these contraptions can be fitted with sensors that flush the toilets automatically, making them much more sanitary.
Most importantly, though, a flushometer system can save you a lot of money on your water bill, depending on how old your existing toilet is. Older toilets can use up to 7 gallons of water per flush, while modern WaterSense flushometers will use anywhere from 1.28 to 1.6 gallons per flush. Not only will you spend less on utilities, but you'll contribute positively to the environment.
Some Plumbing Upgrades Needed
The biggest drawback to installing a flushometer system is it may require you to upgrade your plumbing. Since flushometers use pressure instead of gravity, the pipes have to be big enough to allow a higher volume of water to flow through to create the pressure needed for the system.
This can represent a significant monetary investment you may not be able to recoup through monthly utility savings alone. Thus, it may be best to plan a switch during a building renovation where you're already planning on tearing things apart.
To learn more about flushometers or for advice on how to make your toilet system more water efficient, contact a commercial plumber like Associated Mechanical Services Co.