Touchless Faucets, Flushometers and Bottle Fillers for Commercial Facilities

The coronavirus pandemic has changed how we think, feel, and act in public spaces, especially in germ-prone areas like public restrooms. Because of COVID-19, no-touch services such as contactless payment systems, curbside pick-up, and increased online services are all new-normal ways of conducting business in 2021. Some brick and mortar facilities cannot move services online, and must now adapt to how the pandemic has changed people’s expectations of hygiene. People judge a facility by the cleanliness of its restrooms, resulting in a positive or negative impression.

Now, when you enter a restroom and have to touch a surface, you’re probably thinking about how many unwashed hands have touched that door handle, the last time the flush valve handle was sanitized, and how exactly you’re going to use your elbow to turn off the faucet after you’re done washing your hands. And you probably save your paper towel to use it to open the door without touching the handle too. 

The fact of the matter is, no one wants to touch surfaces in a public restroom anymore. Making the restrooms throughout your facility as touch-free as possible is not only comforting to patrons, but also preferred and somewhat expected. This is especially true at businesses like hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, and universities. Creating a no-touch restroom experience shows visitors that you care about their health and comfort. 


Decrease the Need to Sanitize

Beyond improving your patron’s experience in your facility, fewer touch points in high-traffic areas also lowers the need for constant sanitizing and cleaning. This means less janitorial tasks and reduced costs for you and your maintenance crew. 


Reduce Water Consumption

Touchless fixtures like electronic faucets and flushometers also reduce water consumption. You are probably familiar with dual-flush flushometers, which execute the reduced flush when patrons are in front of the fixture for shorter periods of time. These flushometers can usually be identified by the green and black true mechanical override buttons located on the top or side of the flush valve. But did you know that there are flushometers that have smart sense technology, which senses when there is a long line in front of a urinal, and as a result, only flushes after every fifth user?


The Latest Technology

Equiparts is at the forefront of all the new technology that comes out regularly for commercial fixtures. We can inform you of all the options available so that you can decide what features are important to you and will work best in your facility. 

Some of the newest technologies allow facilities to digitally monitor the water usage of their fixtures. Sloan’s new Bluetooth faucets let you perform maintenance remotely by adjusting the faucet’s settings through Sloan’s Connect App. One of the newest and most exciting technologies for large-scale facilities is Sloan’s Programmed Water Technologies (PWT) systems. This smart system gives you the power to learn more about how your fixtures are used throughout all of your buildings and increase uptime by quickly identifying malfunctions, vandalism, or other irregularities in water flow. PWT can greatly improve efficiency and lower maintenance costs in facilities such as prisons, schools, hospitals, and others.


Educated and Experienced

Restroom fixtures with handles and push bars are one of the biggest breeding grounds for germs and bacteria within your facility. Begin the conversion to touch-free restrooms by calling Equiparts today! You’ll be connected to one of our Sensor product experts who will walk you through everything you need to know for a quick and easy conversion process. We have sales reps and support personnel that have been providing sensor-operated solutions to customers for 20 and 30 years. We have strong relationships with manufacturers that produce touchless faucets, sensor flushometers, hands-free soap dispensers, sensor bottle fillers, and touch-free paper towel dispensers and hand dryers. We also work with companies that make hands-free accessories and antimicrobial products. We’ll help you update your fixtures, decrease your maintenance costs, and create a safer, smarter, and more hygienic facility for your employees and patrons.

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We currently have a Manual to Hands-Free Conversion Promo that includes a wide variety of popular sensor-operated fixtures and accessories that are on promotion. Page through it below to see all of the touchless fixtures on sale. The promotion ends on June 30, 2021. 

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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!

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SaniGuard Fogger Commercial Disinfectant Spray

The SaniGuard® Total Release Fogger sanitizes an entire room, vehicle, or area in mere minutes. It’s easy to use fogger spray that gets rid of disease-causing microbes almost instantly.

The SaniGuard Fogger commercial disinfectant spray is the world’s first and only dry on contact spray sanitizer and deodorizer. It has the same kill on contact power of the conventional SaniGuard® sprays. SaniGuard® effectively kills 99.99% of the top 39 germs, bacteria, viruses & fungus in mere seconds. It is safe on any surface, including fabrics & electronics, making it great for use in transportation vehicles. It does not leave any residue behind. Get rid of disease-causing microbes quickly and easily with the SaniGuard Fogger.

SaniGuard Fogger Ingredients and SaniGuard Fogger SDS Sheet

The SaniGuard Fogger ingredients are listed here: Proprietary propellant, proprietary alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, quaternary ammonium compounds, benzyl-C12-16-alkyl dimethyl, and chlorides.

*Note: This information comes directly from the SaniGuard MSDS Sheet. Some of the ingredients are proprietary information (trade secrets), so name and identifier are listed as proprietary. The classification of the material is listed in the composition/information on ingredients chart on page two of the SDS sheet. Click the link to view the full SaniGuard Fogger MSDS sheet PDF.

SaniGuard Fogger Best-Use List

Great for use in:

  • Transportation Vehicles
  • Ambulances, Buses, & Cruisers
  • Eating/Food Prep Areas
  • Dorm Rooms
  • Hotels
  • Nursing Homes/Hospitals
  • Classrooms
  • Showers/Restrooms
  • Locker Rooms
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Stations & Offices
  • Workout Areas/Equipment
  • Holding/Jail Cells
  • Fire Station Living Areas

SaniGuard Fogger is the Best Commercial Disinfectant

Disinfecting areas where people work, play, and eat is important, especially in areas where bacteria, viruses, and funguses are likely to grow. SaniGuard foggers kill the following list of bacteria, viruses, and germs.

EPA Efficacy Kill List

Bacterial Efficacy
Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
Staphylococcus Aureus
Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
Salmonella Choleraesuis
Brevibacterium Ammonagenes
Chlamydia Psittaci
Enterobacter Aerogenes
Enterobacter Cloacae
Enterobacter Coli
Escherichia Coli
Escherichia Coli (Methicillin Resistant)
Klebsiella Pneumoniae
Klebsiella Pneumoniae (Methicillin Resistant)
Proyeus Vulgaris
Salmonella Schottmuelleri
Salmonella Typhi
Salmonella Choleraesius
Serratia Marcescens
Shigella Dysenteriae
Shigella Sonnei
Shigella Flexneri
Acinetobacter Calcoaceticus
Staphylococcus Epidermidis
Streptococcus Faecalis
Streptococcus Faecalis (Methicillin Resistant)
Streptococcus Pyogenes

Viral Efficacy
HIV-1 (AIDS Virus)
Herpes Simplex-Types 1&2
Influenza –A/Brazil
Influenza –A/PR
Rubella
Hepatitis B

Fungicidal Efficacy
Trichophyton Mentagrophytes
Aspergilis Niger (Mold & Mildew)
Candida Albicans

SaniGuard Fogger Instructions

Directions for use:

Close all outside windows and doors. Use one (1) container for each area depending on which size fogger you are using. Elevate fogger by placing on a stand or table if possible (maximum 2’ off ground). Tilt away from face before activating (container sprays straight up). Press down firmly on the edge of the actuator tab until it locks into place, then set fogger on floor, stand or table. Leave the area immediately after activating fogger. Keep treated area closed for at least 15-20 minutes before returning.

We recommend using the treated room again one hour after treatment was started.

Where to Buy the SaniGuard Fogger

Buy SaniGuard Foggers from Equiparts! We carry two different sizes: the 3-ounce fogger, which is designed to sanitize areas up to 125 square feet (12 x 12 x 8-foot dimensions), and the 8-ounce fogger, which is designed to treat up to 625 square feet (25 x 25 x 8 foot dimensions). Both of these sizes are available in 12 pack cases. See the part numbers below for the various sizes and quantities. Be sure to reference the part numbers when calling to place your order.

SaniGuard Fogger 3 ounce

#60350001
3 oz. SaniGuard Fogger

#60350001CS
3 oz. SaniGuard Fogger (Case of 12)

Saniguard Fogger Disinfectant

#60350002
8 oz. SaniGuard Fogger

#60350002CS
8 oz. SaniGuard Fogger (Case of 12)

Call to Order your Saniguard Fogger Disinfectant Today!

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Korky’s Beehive Plunger: The Best Toilet Plunger By Far

The Beehive Toilet Plunger tool clears blockages and clogs in toilet bowl drains and pipes. The model promoted in this article is the Korky Beehive Plunger Model 99-4A. It is hands-down, the absolute best plunger on the market for a couple of different reasons. Mainly, because it creates the proper seal to generate clog-busting suction on both old and new high efficiency toilet drain styles.

Many facilities have a mixture of old style and new low-consumption toilets currently in use in their school, office building, hospital, or business. This is mainly because of new water regulation requirements that promote high-efficiency toilet bowls to lessen water waste. This change has resulted in many buildings having a variety of toilet bowl drain shapes, creating the need for a plunger that functions properly on both units. The Beehive Plunger does just that. Old stereotypical plungers do not.

Read on to learn why and how the Beehive Plunger is the plunger you should have throughout your facility. Then Purchase the Beehive Plunger while it is on sale for Summer.

Korky’s Beehive PlungerKorky beehive plunger

The beehive plunger is designed and manufactured by Korky Toilet Repair. It is a versatile plunger that works well on both old style and new style toilets.

Beehive Plunger Specifications:

Model: The model number of the Korky Beehive Plunger is Part number 99-4A. Equiparts Part number 66629.

Design: Named after it’s design, the beehive plunger head is shaped like a beehive which makes it flexible and able to fit round and oblong toilet bowl drains. The plunger cup is 6 inches in diameter. It also features a 16 inch T-handle which enables an optimal grip. The Beehive Plunger is made in the USA.

Material: The Beehive plunger is constructed of a soft, non-marking rubber. This helps the plunger create a tight seal.

Use: The Korky plunger fits both high efficiency toilets (HET) and older toilet styles.

Fact: Old Plungers Do Not Properly Seal New High-Efficiency Toilets.

This is why Korky’s Beehive Plunger is the best plunger option available.

Why is it that old plungers are ineffective on new toilets?

The old, traditional plunger style does NOT fit all toilets. This is important because it means that most old style plungers will not create the proper seal on new style toilet bowls, and therefore will not generate the suction needed to loosen a clog.

Toilet Plunger Comparison

Traditional toilet plunger pictured left, Korky Beehive Plunger pictured right.

The Evolution of Toilet Bowl Shapes: Out with the Round, In with the Keyhole

Not all toilets are created equal. New toilet bowls have drains that are a different shape than older toilet bowl drains. Older toilet bowls have a classic round shape, whereas new high efficiency toilets have a new keyhole shape. Old style round plungers do not properly fit the new drain shape.

Korky Plunger Fits Both Old and New Toilet Bowls

The Korky Plunger is guaranteed to fit all toilet bowl shapes and sizes. It fits toilets made by TOTO, Kohler, Sloan, American Standard, and all other toilet brands.

New and new toilet drain shapes

The Wirecutter, an online review entity created by the New York Times, has an article called “The Best Toilet Plunger”. In the article, they considered almost 40 different plungers. They tested a total of 8 of those plungers on three different toilet drain mock-ups. They found that the only plunger which loosened the debris that they stuffed in the drain was the Korky Beehive Plunger. They describe the Korky plunger as ‘…easily surpassing all of the other plungers in pure pipe-clearing power.” Read the full article here.

Order the Beehive Korky Plunger today.

Equiparts Part #66629
Submit a quote online or call to place your order.


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Looking for more innovative washroom products for your facility? Check out our article on the Block-Aide, a 2-in-1 Out of Service Sign and Lock for Partition Stalls or watch a video about the Hurricone, a safety-centered Cordless Floor Dryer.

Block-Aide Restroom Out of Order Sign and Stall Lock

Fixing out of order toilets and urinals is probably not your favorite repair job. But unfortunately, toilets and urinals do clog and leak. Flushometers need to be repaired or replaced. Whatever the problem is, the restroom stall will be out of service while you get the fixture back in working order. This is where the Block-Aide comes in handy. It can do the following simultaneously, and in a more professional manner:

  1. 1. Inform patrons that the restroom stall is out of service
  2. 2. Locks patrons out of the stall so that they don’t see the broken fixture or accidentally use a non-functioning unit.

Watch our video to learn more about the reusable Block-Aide door lock and sign.

Can’t see the video? Read the article below to learn the features of the Block-Aide and see how it works as 2-in-1 out of service sign and stall lock.

The next time you have a restroom out of order and you need to let people know, instead of making a handwritten restroom out of order sign on a piece of cardboard, or covering the fixture with a garbage bag, you should use a Block-Aide door lock and out of service sign.

What is the Block-Aide?

It’s a nifty little device that is a 2-in-1 out of order sign and door lock designed specifically for out of order partition stalls. The Block-Aide sign has the following dimensions: ⅝”H x 3”W x 1-½”D.

Block Aide Features

  • Professional ‘Sorry, Out of Service’ signage
  • Constructed of sturdy ABS resin
  • Unique design that locks the stall door when in use

The unique locking design of the Block-Aide makes it so patrons cannot open the stall door when it is in use. It locks people out of the restroom stall, so that they cannot go in and see the out of order fixture, or worst yet, use it by mistake.

Learn how the BlockAide works as a restoom stall out of order sign and stall lock

How to Use

The Block-Aide is very easy to use. You just slide it down between the pilaster and door. The placement of the sign then works as a stall lock, blocking customers, students, patrons and the like from entering the out of order restroom stall.

You already have enough to deal with when a fixture stops working. Fix broken fixtures faster by focusing on the problem at hand instead of making a sign. With the Block-Adie, you can quickly slip the bathroom out of order sign and stall lock between the pilaster and the partition door. Then you can move on to complete the repairs you need, and focus on getting the toilet or urinal working again. Make your job easier by keeping a couple of Block-Aides in stock so you can easily inform and lock-out patrons when a stall is temporarily out of service.

Call to Order The Professional ‘Out of Order’ Restroom Stall Block-Aide Sign

Keep a couple of Block-Aides in stock, and make your next out of order restroom stall repair job easier on yourself, and professionally identify the situation to restroom users. Call to place your order.

Equiparts Part #16764

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The Step-n-Wash: A Commercial Grade Step-Stool

The Step-n-Wash: A Commercial Grade Step-Stool

Most public restrooms are not kid-friendly. Lavatory sinks are not designed with the height of a child in mind. But it is very important for children to be able to wash their hands since that is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs and viruses. However, the adult height of most lavatories makes hand washing for children a difficult task. Most parents know the struggle of lifting a 30 to 40 pound child up to the sink. After a long day of shopping or traveling, carrying bags, loading and unloading strollers, etc., this can be quite exhausting. In addition, it almost always results in an inadequate cleaning, along with water soaking the child’s clothes and the floor. Parents tend to patronize businesses that cater to their needs and help reduce their stress. If your building includes amenities that can help create a better customer experience, that makes your business a much more attractive place to go.

step-n-wash

Introducing the Step-N-Wash:

The Commercial Retractable Step-Stool for Children

The Step-N-Wash is designed to do just that. This self-retracting step allows children to stand at the sink and wash their hands without any assistance.  No more lifting and straining for mom and dad. The parent or child can use their foot to pull the step down, and then the child can step up to the sink. When the child is finished and steps down, the step retracts back under the sink and out of the way.

The Step-N-Wash is a very sturdy, stable, and safe addition to your public restrooms. It is constructed of type 304 stainless steel, and contains no pinch points. A marine grade non-slip rubber tread provides good traction. The whole unit is bolted into the floor, and can hold a static load of up to 800 lbs. No part of an adult’s body will ever come in contact with the Step-N-Wash while it is retracted. When it is installed in a restroom with two or more lavatories, it is in full ADA compliance.

The Step-N-Wash is also very cost effective. If the Step-N-Wash is used just 15 times a day, that works out to less than two cents per use over a five year period. The Step-N-Wash is used significantly more often than a diaper changing table. It will also help keep your restrooms dry, thereby reducing your liability for slips and falls.

There are many businesses where the Step-N-Wash is already in use all around the country; places such as shopping malls, airports, restaurants, amusement parks, museums, aquariums, churches, and schools. Create a better customer experience by making your business a more stress-free place for parents. They’ll thank you by becoming returning customers.

More Information

View, share, or save the Step-N-Wash PDF. View installation instructions and more product info in the Step-N-Wash Part #16760 Product Listing in our online store.

How to Order

Call us at 800-442-6622 M-F 7:30AM to 5:00PM (EST) and speak with an Equiparts Product Expert today for more information.

 

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Measure Your Faucet GPM Flow Rate with Our Flow Rate Measurement Bag

Watch the How to Measure Your Faucet GPM Flow Rate video below to learn how to measure the flow rate of a faucet in seconds! Get one of our flow measurement bags for yourself by filling out our Flow Rate Measurement Bag Request Form through the button below!

 

Faucets and showerheads that have high flow rates are wasting a lot of water and energy. In larger commercial facilities like hospitals, schools, and large office buildings with large quantities of sinks and showers, this waste is quickly multiplied into costly water bills. The first step in reducing this waste is to evaluate your water usage by checking the flow rates of your aerators and showerheads. If you can’t figure out what the flow rate of your aerators and showerheads are, we have a simple method for finding out.

 

What is flow rate? Flow rate is the amount of water that runs through a faucet or shower when it’s in use. It is measured in gallons per minute, or GPM. 

 

How to Measure the GPM Flow Rate of a Faucet or Showerhead 

So, how do you measure the flow rate of your faucet and/or showerhead? Find out by watching our video below. Scroll down below the video to read the instructions that are printed on the bag.

How to get a Flow Rate Measurement Bag


How can you get your hands on a Flow Rate Measurement Bag? Easy. Just fill out our contact form through the button below, and we will ship a bag to you.

*Current customers if you are already a customer at Equiparts and have an account with us, skip the form and simply give your rep a call to request your box: 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM EST.

faucet flow rate bag

Get Free Flow Rate Measurement Bag

Flow Rate Measurement Bag Instructions:

You will need a timer or watch, and this bag.
  1. Tightly hold the top of the bag at each side, and hold the bag under your faucet spout or showerhead.
  2. Simultaneously turn on the water, and start your timer. Let it run for 10 seconds.
  3. Turn off the water, and note your device’s flow rate on the bag (GPM levels are marked).
  4. If the flow rate is 2.2 or above, Call Equiparts to order a low-flow aerator, and start saving today!
  5. Recycle the water, use it for your plants!

After you measure your flow rate, or if you already know your flow rate and want to learn more about Aerators, read our Commercial Faucet Aerator Guide.

In the guide, you will find basic aerator information, as well as answers to frequently asked questions related to aerators including the following:
• How to Determine Whether You Need a Male or Female Aerator
• How to Determine Correct Aerator Size
• How to Remove an Aerator
and many more questions.
You will also find general rules of thumb for aerators, where to buy commercial aerators, and view an aerator chart that links through to the extensive inventory of aerators available from Equiparts in our Commercial Faucet Aerator Guide.

Baby Changing Stations: Compare Koala Kare to Diaper Deck

At Equiparts, we carry everything you need to furnish the commercial restrooms in your facility. We supply our customers with a variety of toilet paper roll holders, soap dispensers, waste receptacles, paper towel dispensers, as well as baby changing stations. In this article, we take a side by side view of two of the most popular baby changing stations available, so you can most easily decide which unit is better for your restroom.

Horizontal wall mounted baby changing stations are by far the most popular style of unit used in restrooms today. This is likely due to the safety attributes accredited to the horizontal design. A horizontal baby changing station is designed so it opens parallel to the wall, which decreases the number of areas that a baby or child could potentially fall from.

However, there are some instances when a vertical baby changing station is preferred. Most likely, this occurs when the space needed to fit a horizontal station is not available. If this is the case, you can skip ahead to view the vertical baby changing station listed on our website.

Did You Know? On October 7, 2016, President Obama signed the Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation Act, a.k.a. the BABIES Act. It requires all publicly accessible federal buildings to include baby changing stations in men’s restrooms.

At Equiparts, we carry commercial baby changing stations by the two most popular baby changing station manufacturers, which are Koala Kare and Diaper Deck. So, we took the most popular horizontal baby changing station made by each manufacturer and compare them side by side in the chart below. We compare the following information about both units: Model color options, manufacturer info, compliance, dimensions, angle, weight, strength, construction, sanitation, operation, durability, safety, features, manufacturer warranty, and more. With help from this baby changing station identification chart, it should be easy to choose which unit is best for your facility.

Koala Kare Diaper Deck Baby Changing Station comparison chart

View the Diaper Deck Infant Changing Station (EC Part #16671 for beige) or the Horizontal Koala Kare Baby Changing Station (EC Part #15277) shown in the chart above on the Equiparts website.

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Koala Kare

Koala Kare is a division of Bobrick Washroom Equipment. Equiparts is a master distributor of Bobrick Washroom Equipment. We have been supplying our customers with Bobrick Washroom Equipment and Koala Kare fixtures and parts for over 30 years. The company is privately held. Its headquarters is located in Centennial, Colorado. Koala Kare products are made in America.

Product lines carried by Koala Kare include the following: High chairs, high chair trays, booster seats, bed liners and liner dispensers, refresh kits and replacement parts for all of their product lines. View the Horizontal Koala Kare Baby Changing Station shown in the chart above.

Koala Kare Baby Changing Station Information

Koala Kare has a line of baby changing stations that include the following styles/types:

• Oval wall mounted
• Horizontal wall mounted
• Horizontal wall mounted with stainless steel veneer
• Vertical wall mounted
• Horizontal recess mounted with stainless steel flange
• Horizontal stainless steel recess mounted
• Horizontal stainless steel wall mounted
• Vertical stainless steel recess mounted
• Vertical stainless steel wall mounted
• Child protection seat
• Countertop surface mounted
• Countertop recess mounted

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Diaper Deck and Company

Diaper Deck and Company is a small company based out of Burnsville, Minnesota. The company specializes in baby changing tables. Diaper Deck is woman-owned and has specials specifically for small businesses like restaurants and nonprofits. They consider themselves to be a ‘green business’. All Diaper Deck products are made in America.

Diaper Deck carries baby changing stations, diaper changing stations, high chairs, toddler seats, and child protection seats. Most interested in Diaper Deck units? View, save or share the Diaper Deck PDF.

Baby Changing Stations for Sale

View our Baby Changing Stations and Parts then either give us a call at 800-442-6622 EST M-F 7:30-5PM or submit a quote for pricing and to place your order.

 

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.

Commercial Faucet Aerator Guide

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to cut down on water usage, adding water-saving aerators to your faucets is an excellent way to do just that. Consider that home and business owners pay for water three times: once to bring it into the building, once to heat it, and once to dispose of it. Think about the number of customers at your restaurant, guests at your hotel, or students at your school, and you’ll realize how expensive water usage can be. Swapping water-saving aerators into your faucets is a simple way to save a lot of money on your utility bills.

cache aerator on faucet with keyHow Do Aerators Work?

Aerators work by mixing air into the water stream, thus breaking one large stream of water into multitudes of tiny streams. This means less water coming out of the faucet without sacrificing water pressure.

Why Install Aerators in Your Facility’s Faucets?

Aerators reduce the amount of water coming out of your faucets, and so your water bills will be lower. Along with being cost-effective, installing water-saving aerators is one of the easiest things you can do to make your home, office, or commercial building more efficient. They can be installed and ready for use in seconds! Adding air into the water stream also helps reduce splashing, and will cut down on wet restroom floors. This can help prevent slip and fall accidents, and make your facility more appealing. Skip to the Aerator Digital PDF to see what aerators we carry.

 

 

Faucet Aerators Q&A

How Do I Choose an Aerator for my Faucet?sloan-faucet-aerator

There are several things to consider when selecting an aerator. GPM (gallons per minute), thread type, thread size, flow type, and style are the main factors. Different flow types include aerated, laminar, and spray. Laminar flow is recommended in hospitals and other health care facilities, and spray is used mainly in kitchen faucets. There are also vandal resistant styles available.

How Do I Determine Whether I Need a Male or Female Aerator?sloan-faucet-aerator

When you see the threads on the outside of the faucet, you have a male faucet and therefore need a female aerator. If the threads are located inside of the faucet, then you need a male aerator.

How to Determine Correct Aerator Size

There is an easy trick to determining which aerator size is needed to fit your faucet, and it just involves some spare basys-faucet-aeratorchange. A dime has a diameter of .705 inches and will fit on the threads of 13/16 size aerators, which have a diameter of .8125 inches. A nickel has a diameter of .835 inches. A nickel will fit on the threads of a 15/16 size aerator, which has a diameter of .9375 inches.

Is There a Universal Aerator?

There is a dual aerator that has threads on both the outside and inside of the aerator. This enables the spout to fit both male and female threaded faucets.  Dual thread aerators come in a variety of flow rates, from 0.35 to 2.2 GPM in 15/16” size only.

How Do I Install a Faucet Aerator?

Most aerators come ready to install, but some do not. For example, when using the female threads of dual aerators, you will need to remove one of the inside washers to expose the internal threading.

When Should I Replace My Aerator?

If the flow from your faucet is trickling out or only coming out of one side of the spout, then your aerator is likely clogged and needs to be either cleaned or replaced. The length of time your aerator lasts is determined by the quality of your water, how often the faucet is used, and other situational factors.

How Do I Remove an Aerator?

Unscrew male and female threaded aerators by turning the aerator counter clockwise. In most cases, when the aerator is not vandal resistant, you should be able to remove it with your hands. Tools will not be needed. However, if an aerator is very tight, you may need to use a non-marking wrench to remove the aerator. We recommend using a non-marking wrench because a regular wrench might mar the faucet or aerator. If the aerator spins and does not become loose when turned, then the aerator is likely vandal-resistant and requires a key for removal. If you look at the face of the aerator and you see two slots on opposite sides of the aerator, it is most likely a vandal-resistant type. The slots are where a special key is inserted in order to remove the aerator. Cache aerators also require a key for removal.

How Do I Figure Out Which Aerator to Get if My Faucet Doesn’t Have One?

If you are missing the aerator for your faucet, then determining the correct replacement aerator for that unit can be difficult. You can try searching with the manufacturer number of your faucet, or you can reach out to us at Equiparts to help you figure out which aerator likely fits your faucet.

How Do I Unclog an Aerator?

To unclog an aerator, you can soak it in vinegar and water or CLR (calcium lime remover) to remove any dirt, particles, calcium, or lime build-up.

How to Reduce Splash from My Faucet Stream?

Splash from your faucet can occur for a variety of reasons. Shallow or beveled basins, as well as angled faucet spouts can make splashing from the faucet stream more likely. One way to reduce or stop splash from happening is by decreasing the faucet’s flow rate. This can be done by installing an aerator with a lower GPM.

General Rules of Thumb

  • • Most kitchen faucets will require a 15/16 male thread aerator cache-aerator-faucetwith 2.2 GPM.
  • • Most commercial faucets will fit 13/16 or 15/16 sized aerators. They will likely use vandal proof style aerators that can only be removed with a key.
  • • Most residential faucets will use 13/16 sized aerators or smaller.
  • • Laminar flow aerators are used primarily in hospitals because they do not mix air in with the water.
  • • Cache Aerators, which are hidden within the head of faucets, are new style aerators that only fit in newer model faucets due to the different thread diameter they have. View Cache aerators or get help deciding which Cache aerators to purchase with this Cache Aerator and Kit GPM Diagram.

Where to Buy Commercial Faucet Aerators

Commercial aerators cannot be purchased at big-box stores. Vandal-resistant aerators, specialty thread aerators, and manufacturer-specific aerators are also usually not found in home improvement stores since they are designed for commercial applications. In some instances, faucets require an aerator designed specifically for that faucet or manufacturer. For example, gooseneck Chicago Faucets have a special thread that requires a specific Chicago aerator. This is also the case with Symmons and Speakman commercial faucets and aerators as well. Some Kohler faucets require a specialized ⅜ IPS thread.

Aerators at Equiparts

You can find any commercial (and residential) aerator you need at Equiparts. We carry all of the most popular sizes and commercial brands, including Chicago, Sloan, Central Brass, Symmons, Moen, as well as residential faucet manufacturers like Kohler and Delta. We also have a variety of specialized aerators in stock, and we ship nationwide. Take a look at the Aerator Digital PDF below to see the aerators we have in our catalog. If you hover over a art number and it turns blue, then that means it is also listed on our website. Click on part numbers to view those aerators on our website and learn more or add them to your cart and request a quote. 

In addition to water-saving aerators, Equiparts carries many other products that are designed to reduce water consumption and make your facility more energy efficient. Order your water-saving products today by requesting a quote on our website, or by calling us to place an order toll-free at 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM EST.

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