Smart Fixtures in Commercial Restroom Facilities

We live in an era of smart technology. Not only do most people in the United States carry around a mini computer with multiple camera lenses in their pockets, but they also wear prescription glasses that become shaded when they go outside, and utilize a device in their homes that plays music and even orders groceries through voice commands. These convenient and automated systems are found in all aspects of modern-day life. What is most important to understand as a person in the facility management or maintenance, is that these modern expectations do not end when it comes to commercial restroom facilities. In fact, this is where they are most expected.

The modern patron of today expects commercial restrooms to carry out more efficient and technologically advanced processes. Commercial restroom patrons take note of when a facility is ahead or most likely behind the curve of automated fixtures throughout their restroom facilities.

According to the Healthy Hand Washing Survey conducted by Bradley Corporation this year, 45% of Americans will operate a flush valve with their foot instead of their hand, so they don’t have to touch it. This tells us that unless sensor-operated fixtures are present, manual fixtures will be misused nearly half of the time, resulting in more broken fixtures, more maintenance and more repair parts needed to fix said misused fixtures. This is just one of the reasons why we recommend installing smart fixtures throughout your facility.

In this article, we will share some of our most popular and newly added smart fixtures in a few different categories: hands-free flushometers, sensor-activated faucets, sensor soap dispensers, and automated hand driers. Read one to see and learn more about our most popular fixtures in each category.

Sloan Sensor Flushometers

Complete Hands-Free Sensor Flushometers

When it comes to sensor activated flushometers, there are two ways to make the change: installing new complete flushometer units or retrofitting existing manual flushometers into sensor flushometers. Either one of these options enables touch-free sensor operation, so patrons will no longer touch or kick the handle to flush the toilet. Other benefits of sensor flushometers include a dual-flush design that flushes less water for liquid waste and more water for solid waste. This helps buildings become more water efficient and meet water-saving requirements for LEED certifications.

For new installations, complete flushometer kits like the units shown above will be purchased and installed. This is also a popular choice for restrooms that are updating to the new sensor flushometers when the fixtures are also being replaced at the same time, or when the old flushometers are completely outdated or overly worn, and need to be replaced entirely. Otherwise, facilities updating from manual to sensor flushometers will likely choose retrofit options like the retrofit flushometer parts shown below, which are the less expensive option.

Retrofit Flushometer Options

Retrofit Sensor Flushometer Kits

There are a variety of retrofit options available to convert your current manual operation flushometer into a sensor activated flushometer. Some options are easier than others. Side mount retrofit kits are the easiest options as they require the least amount of exchanged parts – mainly just replacing the handle with a side-mounted operator and a couple other replacement parts. Some of our most popular side-mount retrofit kits include the following Equiparts part numbers: #85605, #85606, and #08532. Other retrofit options include replacing the head of the flushometer with a new G2 retrofit kit (like the #08700) so you can use some of the units preexisting vacuum breaker and replace select parts.

*Whether you are replacing your complete flushometer or taking the retrofit route, remember that one of the benefits of working with us at Equiparts is that as a distributor of all of the top flushometer manufacturers, we will help you choose the right solution for your needs out of all the options available. Call us for help choosing the right sensor flushometers or retrofit parts for your restrooms.

Sloan Automatic Faucets

Sensor Activated Automatic Faucets

Sensor activated faucets automatically distribute water when hands are sensed in the faucet area. This enables users to wash their hands without touching a faucet. It also makes it nearly impossible to leave a faucet running due to its sensor activated operation. There are a variety of easy to install sensor operated faucets available today. The faucets shown in the montage above are just some of the Sloan automatic faucet options. We carry all Sloan faucets, as well as automatic faucets from other manufacturers as well. Note that all units shown here are battery operated automatic faucets.

Learn the differences between the models shown above or learn about even more automatic faucet options by calling in and speaking to one of our product specialists.

Sensor Operated Soap Dispensers

Sensor Operated Soap Dispensers

Sloan recently came out with a new line of matching sensor-operated soap dispensers that match their existing automatic faucets. Sink mounted soap dispensers are a great option because they keep the soap within the sink, instead of on the counter or wall, where soap tends to build up and require more maintenance. We also like how Sloan designed these soap dispensers to match their faucets.

Give us a call to learn more about new sensor operated soap dispensers by Sloan.

Automatic Hand Dryers

Automatic Hand Dryers

Especially after washing one’s hands, public restroom users try their hardest not to touch anything in the restroom. Automatic hand dryers help patrons easily dry their hands without touching anything, and also without paper towels, something that creates unnecessary paper waste and also requires more maintenance. At Equiparts, we sell over 100 different types of hand dryers by a variety of manufacturers including ASI, AJW, Bobrick, Excel, Sloan, Xlerator, World Dryer, and more.

Call us to learn more about our automatic air dryer solutions and find the right air dryer for your facility’s restrooms.

Creating a Hands-Free, Sensor Operated Experience

In today’s world, there are sensor operated options for all of the major fixtures in a restroom. It is not uncommon to use a public restroom with sensor operated flushometers, automatic faucets, sensor soap dispensers, and a sensor operated hand dryer. Now is the time to switch from manual operation to touch-free, sensor operated fixtures. They will help you save water, energy, and time with less maintenance, and smarter technology.

Speaking of maintenance, we also carry a large variety of cleaning supplies designed to keep restrooms clean, because nobody likes to use a dirty restroom that might be harboring germs and bacteria. Here are 3 of our most popular restroom and drain cleaners and disinfectant foggers:

Crystal Drain Cleaner
Our non-acid drain opener clears drains in minutes. It totally destroys hair and grease, clearing drain pipes of organic debris that slow drainage. Unlike other drain cleaners, this drain cleaner will not damage sinks, tubs, brass, copper, steel, cast iron, plastic, or sewer cables.  It can be used in drains, grease traps, and septic tanks.

Equiparts part #60802200 – Crystal Drain Opener
Equiparts part #60802200CS – Crystal Drain Opener (Case of 24)

Saniguard Commercial Disinfectant Fogger
SaniGuard Fogger Commercial Disinfectant Spray

The SaniGuard® Total Release Fogger sanitizes an entire room in minutes. It’s an easy to use fogger spray that gets rid of disease-causing microbes almost instantly, killing 99.99% of the top 39 germs, bacteria, viruses & fungus in mere seconds. The fogger comes in a 3 ounce and 8-ounce size. The 3 ounce is for areas up to 125 square feet, and the 8-ounce is designed to treat areas up to 625 square feet. Both sizes are available in 12 pack cases. Using this fogger on your restrooms at least once a month ensures that your restrooms aren’t harboring germs year round.

Equiparts part #60350001 – 3 oz. SaniGuard Fogger
Equiparts part #60350001CS – 3 oz. SaniGuard Fogger (Case of 12)
Equiparts part #60350002 – 8 oz. SaniGuard Fogger
Equiparts part #60350002CS – 8 oz. SaniGuard Fogger (Case of 12)

Urinal Scale Remover

Urinal Scale Remover

Our Urinal Scale Remover removes uric acid as well as limescale, calcium, and rust build-up. This spray is great to use on urinal fixtures. It does not harm pipes or release fumes when using.

Equiparts part #60800115 – Urinal Scale Remover
Equiparts part #60800115CS– Urinal Scale Remover (Case of 12)

Get help converting your restroom into a hands-free experience and keeping your restrooms clean and germ-free by giving the Equiparts product experts a call. We help facility managers nationwide who manage hospitals, schools, government buildings, college campuses, prisons, and commercial buildings. We are here to help. Make the change to smart fixtures throughout your commercial restroom facilities with our help today!

Toll-Free: 800-442-6622 // Pittsburgh: 412-781-9100
Phone hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 AM-5:00 PM EST.

Sloan Maintenance Schedule

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How Does a Sloan Royal Flushometer Work?

Flushometers are strange looking pieces of engineering. Few people know how these essential fixtures of a restroom work, or what lies within their chrome plated exteriors.   There are two types of flushometers: piston type and diaphragm type. In this article, we will take you inside a Diaphragm Type Sloan Manual Flushometer to show you its various parts, and explain what those parts do.

Diaphragm Assembly

The heart of the flushometer is called the Diaphragm Assembly. It’s the “engine” that drives the whole unit. It’s also known as a retro kit, inside parts kit, or a drop-in kit. (We don’t recommend you actually drop the kit into your valve, because it could result in damage. Just lower the kit carefully onto the valve seat.) The diaphragm assembly regulates the pressure inside the valve. It is the change in pressure that causes the valve to flush when the handle is pulled. The assembly also controls the volume of the flush.

WhatDoesADiaphragmAssemblyDoWater sits inside two chambers in the valve body – the upper and lower chambers. When a flushometer is idle, the pressure in the upper chamber is greater than the pressure in the lower chamber due to its greater surface area. This keeps the diaphragm pushed down against the valve seat, and prevents any water from flowing down into the valve. When the handle is pulled, a plunger inside the handle assembly pushes against the bottom part of the relief valve stem. This causes the relief valve to push the diaphragm up and release the pressure. As a result, the water in the chambers flows down into the valve and then into the toilet or urinal.  The volume of water that is released is determined by the type of diaphragm assembly in the valve. Once the flush is initiated and water flows out of the valve, water from the supply line begins to fill the valve chambers again. A small bypass hole in the diaphragm allows that water to flow into the upper chamber. As the water pressure in the upper chamber begins to build, it gradually pushes the diaphragm back down onto the valve seat. Once the diaphragm lowers back onto the valve seat and the upper chamber is sealed, the flow of water from the inlet stops. The valve is now ready for the next flush.

If your flushometer won’t shut off and continues to flush, it could be because there is dirt or debris blocking the bypass hole. Watch this video to learn how to clean the diaphragm. Over time, the diaphragm will eventually wear out, and will need to be replaced. Permex diaphragms last up to four times longer than the old rubber diaphragms. Sloan has been installing Permex diaphragms in its Royal flushometers since 1998, when it introduced the dual-filtered bypass assembly. The dual-filtered bypass filters the water twice before it reaches the bypass hole, which greatly reduces the possibility of dirt or debris clogging the hole. Using dual-filtered bypass assemblies will also cut down on the time spent servicing a Sloan Royal flushometer. Dual-filtered bypass assemblies only come installed on Royal Flushometers, not Regal. However, when the time comes to replace your diaphragm assembly, dual-filtered bypass replacement kits can be installed in Royal or Regal flushometers.

There are many different diaphragm kits available with different GPFs (gallons per flush) for different Sloan Flushometers. Visit our Sloan Manual Parts page to see which one will work for your valve.

Inside CoverRoyal Flushometer Repair Parts

The hard plastic Inside Cover serves as a barrier between the diaphragm and the outside metal cover, and helps to seal the upper chamber of the valve. If a crack develops in the cover, it breaks the seal and disrupts the pressure, and so it will result in non-stop flushing, or water leaking around the outside cover. Order part #08050 to get your valve back in proper working order. Life expectancy is five to seven years.

Control Stop

The Control Stop is where water flows into the valve from the supply line. You can turn the water on and off by removing the stop cap, and turning the stop screw clockwise or counterclockwise until it can’t turn anymore. You can also control the water pressure by turning the screw to a position between full on or full off. If water is splashing out of the fixture, reduce the water pressure by turning the screw clockwise. If there is not enough water flowing to adequately flush the fixture, then turn the screw counterclockwise. There are many types of control stops and stop repair kits available.

Handle Assembly

The Handle Assembly is what initiates a flush. When the handle is pulled, the plunger inside the assembly is pushed into the relief valve, which raises the diaphragm and releases the water from inside the valve. Handle assemblies have a life expectancy of four to six years, depending on usage. If you begin to see leaks around the handle, or if the handle is sagging, you probably need to repair your handle assembly. For Royal, order Sloan Handle Repair Kit #08439and for Regal, order part #08007. For a complete Sloan Handle Assembly, order part #08069 for Royal, and #08008 for Regal.

Vacuum Breaker

HowDoesAVacuumBreakerWorkThe job of the Vacuum Breaker is to make sure all of the water is eliminated from the tube during a flush, and prevent water from flowing back up the pipe and contaminating the water supply. During a flush, water flows down through the black rubber part of the vacuum breaker. But if the water were to flow back up the tube, the design of the rubber part closes off and doesn’t allow water to flow through it in the opposite direction of the flush. To prevent water from staying in the tube, there are vent holes at the top that allow air to flow into the tube. This breaks the vacuum and lets all of the water flow out of the tube into the fixture. Over time, the rubber part of the vacuum breaker will deteriorate, and you will notice water leaking out of the tube from the vent holes under the nut. When this happens, it’s time to get a Vacuum Breaker Repair Kit. For Royal, order #08438, and for Regal, order #08012.

Coupling Assembly

The Coupling Assembly connects the flushometer to the spud in the closet or urinal. If you notice water leaking in this area, then it’s time to replace the coupling gaskets. If the chrome on your coupling is also worn, you can order a complete Coupling Assembly. All of these parts are available in sizes 3/4″, 1-1/4″, and 1-1/2.”

Sloan Repair Kits

As you can see, a Sloan Manual Flushometer has many parts that must work together in harmony to keep it functioning properly. While Sloan does manufacture high-quality parts and units, many of those parts are not meant to last forever and will need to be replaced in time. How soon you will need to replace those parts depends on how often the flush valve is used. In response to plumbers who like to be prepared for any situation, Equiparts has created two Sloan Master Repair Parts Kits that contain just about anything you would ever need to repair a Sloan manual flushometer. These kits are a great way to be prepared for any situation when you are repairing a Sloan flush valve. They are a must have for any plumber or maintenance man who services a building or facility that utilizes a large number of Sloan flushometers. Our most popular kit is the #08066, A 101 piece kit that contains parts for Regal and older Royal flush valves. We also have kit #08730, a 71 piece kit for newer Sloan Royal flush valves that use the dual-filtered bypass. You can order them by clicking on their part numbers in this article, or as always, you can give us a call at 800-442-6622 if you have any questions. Our technical experts will be happy to help you.

The Tools Needed to Complete Flushometer Repairs

Flushometer Tool Diagram

The right repair parts aren’t going to help you much if you don’t have the proper tools to install them. At Equiparts, we have all the tools you need for repairing your Sloan flushometers and other flush valve brands.

The tools needed to repair Sloan flush valves are described in detail below. They are also shown in the diagram above to help you identify which tool(s) you need to help you repair all of the different areas of a flushometer. Utilize the flushometer repair picture above to find out which flush valve tools you need to complete your necessary repairs. Read on below to learn more about each flushometer repair tool in the diagram.


Sloan Super Wrench

Sloan Super Wrench

Equiparts Part #08047

This wrench can be used on every exposed nut and hex on any Sloan flush valve. Each area of the Sloan Super Wrench is marked with the Sloan OEM number of the part of the flushometer the tool is meant to fix. It can also be used on Zurn and Toto flush valves too. View the Sloan Super Wrench in our online store.

 

 

Cover and Nut Removing Tool Plumbing Tool

Equiparts Part #08010

This tool allows you to, (you guessed it,) remove nuts and covers from Sloan flush valves. It provides a different grip from the Sloan Super Wrench, and can give you more leverage, depending on the situation. View the Cover and Nut Removing Tool on our website.

 

Flush valve repair toolNon-Marking Offset Adjustable Pipe Wrench

Equiparts Part #08070

This wrench can do everything the Sloan Super Wrench can, and more! Since it’s adjustable, it can be used in a large variety of plumbing repairs. The non-marking feature allows you to use this wrench on units with chrome plating or other specialty finishes without damaging the finish. The offset design helps you access awkward spaces with ease. Use on flush valves, faucets, fittings, tubular, etc. See the Non-Marking Offset Adjustable Pipe Wrench product listing.

 

Tailpiece Removing Tool 

Equiparts Part #08063

This is an absolute MUST HAVE if you need to remove tailpieces from a Sloan flush valve. Sometimes when you’re upgrading a urinal, you need to change the rough-in from the standard 2-3/16″ in order to make it fit, and so the tailpiece needs to be removed. Attempting this with a pipe wrench or any other tool can be a nightmare. The Tailpiece Removing Tool will save you a ton of effort and frustration. It works internally which prevents marring of the chrome. Do yourself a favor and pick one of these up today. View the Tailpiece Remover Tool on our website.

 

Spud Wrench

Spud Wrench

Equiparts Part #03118HD

Yes, this tool does just that – removes spuds. This heavy-duty tool is rugged and adjustable, and works for most any spud. Makes removal simple! View the Spud Wrench in our online store.

 

 


Work with Equiparts to get these handy tools as well as the repair parts needed to service your flushometers. Place your order by giving us a call toll-free at 800-442-6622 Mon-Fri 7:30am-5pm EST or submit a quote through Equiparts.net and we will contact you to complete your order.

Download or Share the Flushometer Tool Diagram PDF with other facility maintenance professionals, plumbers, or other professionals who perform maintenance or repairs on flush valves and help others find the tools they need easily and quickly by utilizing our plumbing tool picture.

New Product from Moen: The M•POWER™ Sensor Operated Flush Valve

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At a recent Lunch-n-Learn, Randy from Moen stopped in to show us the new M•Power™ Sensor Operated Flush Valve. There have been a variety of changes from the previous version. The big news is that it has been reengineered to make the batteries last eight years under normal usage  – an impressive five years longer than the industry standard of three years. It runs on four AA batteries that are included with the valve. The technology that drives the valve is proprietary to Moen. The innovative new design makes it very easy to install and maintain.

Features include:Moen-NewMPoweredFlushValve-Equiparts

• 8 year battery life under normal usage

• Uses piston technology

-No diaphragm maintenance or replacement parts to worry about

-Self-cleaning, will not clog

• Utilizes a pressure independent flush rate

-Changes in water pressure will not affect the M•Power™ flush valve

-Units on the top floor will flush at the same rate as those on the bottom floorMoen-SensorOperatedFlushometer-Equiparts

•The flow rate is adjustable and easy to change

•Only one piston is needed for all flush rates

• No longer uses dip switches

• The all-metal angle stop uses a double o-ring design

• All of the settings and functions can be adjusted using hand gestures

• Buy American Certified (BAA)

• 5 year warranty

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M-POWER CHROME ELECTRONIC FLUSH VALVE 1-1/2” WATER CLOSET 1.28 GPF BATTERY POWERED

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M-POWER CHROME ELECTRONIC FLUSH VALVE 3/4” URINAL 0.125 GPF AC POWERED

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M-POWER CHROME ELECTRONIC FLUSH VALVE 1-1/2” WATER CLOSET 1.0/1.6 GPF BATTERY POWERED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M•Power™ Sensor Operated Flush Valves are perfect for ADA closet installations because of their compact design that allows them to fit under grab bars. And the sleek, modern look gives it great aesthetic appeal, making it a smart choice for updating and modernizing your facility!

Equiparts stocks an extensive line of Moen products, including more Moen flush valvesMoen faucets and faucet repair parts such as faucet stems and cartridges, faucet handles, Moen shower & tub units and repair parts, We carry repair parts for Moen flush valves as well.

Give Equiparts a call to learn more about this beautifully designed flush valve from Moen!

How to Clean Chrome Plated Flush Valves and Faucets

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Why Flush Valve Polish Doesn’t Exist

You may ask yourself, why can’t I simply buy flush valve polish, or faucet polish to make my flushometer or faucet shiny again? Simply put, chrome plated metals cannot be polished because chrome is an inert or chemically inactive metal. As a matter of fact, using chemicals or rough cleaning techniques on chrome plated fixtures can potentially cause more harm than help. Here’s why: the majority of chrome plated faucets and flush valves have a very thin coating of chrome over their brass body. When maintenance personnel uses harsh chemicals on flush valves and flushometers in an attempt to clean them well, they can actually damage the chrome plating, causing it to become pitted. Likewise, when custodians or maintenance technicians scrub chrome plated fixtures too roughly, they can also damage the finish, in some cases even remove the finish entirely.

Read on below to find out how we recommend cleaning the chrome plated fixtures in your facility.

How to Clean Chrome Plated Flush Valves and Faucets

At Equiparts, we recommend that our customers clean their chrome plated flush valves and faucets with good ole soap and water. Since chrome is a soft, inert metal that does not rust, it does not need any type of polish to make it shine like new. Instead, it just needs the grime, dust, and dirt removed to get it back to its prime.

In Sloan’s Care and Cleaning Instructions in their Repair Part and Maintenance Guide for chrome plated flushometers, they state the following:

DO NOT USE abrasive or chemical cleaners (including chlorine bleach) to clean flushometers that may dull the luster and attack the chrome or special decorative finish. Use ONLY mild soap and water, then wipe dry with a clean towel or cloth.
While cleaning the bathroom tile, protect the flushometer from any splattering of cleaner. Acids and cleaning fluids will discolor or remove chrome plating. 

We recommend wiping down the surface of the fixture with warm, soapy water, then using a microfiber cloth or towel to dry the surface.

Next time you are wondering what you should use to clean your flushometer, or how to make your faucets shiny and like new, remember to keep it simple, and just use soap and water so you don’t cause any permanent damage to your chrome plated flush valves and faucets.

At Equiparts, we carry all of the maintenance and plumbing repair parts, fixtures, and tools you need to outfit and maintain your facility. We carry products from all of the top plumbing and hardware companies and also carry hard to find parts as well. Our staff consists of experts, not order takers. Browse through our website or give us a call 7:30AM-5PM M-F EST toll-free at 800-442-6622.
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New Products from Sloan Valve: Reclaimed Flushometer and Hybrid Urinal

Sloan Valve is a premier partner of Equiparts. One of the reasons Sloan Valve is such a strong partner here is because we like supplying our customers with their innovative, premium performance products. Here we will take a look at Sloan Valve’s Reclaimed Water Flushometers, as well as the new Sloan Hybrid Urinal with Jetrinse Technology.

Casey Reclaimed Drop-in Sloan Valve kitReclaimed Water Flushometer

Sloan’s new Reclaimed Water Flushometer uses rainwater and gray water to conserve potable resources. “However, using reclaimed water is not without its challenges. With higher chemical concentrations than potable water, reclaimed water can damage plumbing components that use yellow brass (high zinc content) and organic rubber, potentially leading to increased maintenance requirements and premature failure,” as stated by Sloan on their website. That is why using solutions specifically designed for reclaimed water is important.
Casey Devlin, pictured above, spoke about this and other new Sloan products at the most recent Lunch-n-Learn we hosted at the Equiparts Main Office in Oakmont, Pittsburgh. Reclaimed water flush valves and parts can be recognized by their distinctive purple color. Although reclaimed water must be filtered and treated, Sloan has created a special diaphragm to prevent potential clogging by any sediment that may slip through. Other parts are also specifically designed to withstand the challenges of reclaimed water.

Equiparts carries both Manual and Sensor Flushometers and Flushometer Parts parts by Sloan Valve. So go green by going purple, and use the correct flushometers and parts for longer production and less maintenance.

Sloan Hybrid Urinal with Jetrinse Technology

hybrid_urinal_-_casey_2Sloan Valve Hybrid Urinal with Jetrinse TechnologyDid you ever wish you could occasionally flush your waterfree urinal just to eliminate odor and wash down the old pipes? Now you can with the new Sloan Hybrid Urinal with Jetrinse technology.
This innovative new product is basically a waterfree urinal that automatically flushes up to one gallon of water once every 72 hours. You still save thousands of gallons of water a year, but now it’s easier to keep your lines clean, hygienic, odor free, and clog free! At the recent Equiparts Lunch-n-Learn, Casey used a demonstration model to show the inner workings of the Sloan Hybrid Urinal. There is a manual override button underneath that can be used to initiate a flush more often if necessary.

Give us a call at Equiparts to learn more from one of our team members who attended the Lunch-n-Learn. We can tell you more about Sloan Valve’s Reclaimed Water Flushometer, and/or Hybrid Urinals. Call 800-442-6622, or check out our online inventory to see all the categories of maintenance repair parts that we carry!