Posted: July 17, 2017 at 9:46 am

Commercial Faucet Aerator Guide

 

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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. View Aerator Identification Chart.

 

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 Clickable Aerator PDF below and click through to view the aerator listing on our website. 

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 toll-free at 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM EST.

 

 

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Posted: March 8, 2017 at 10:01 am

Case Study: Pittsburgh International Airport

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Pittsburgh International Airport Updates

Congratulations to Pittsburgh International Airport for being the very first United States airport to be named Airport of the Year by Air Transport World Magazine! We are thrilled to have such a first-class facility in Pittsburgh, and we are proud to have contributed to their success by providing them with modern plumbing fixtures and upgraded drinking water solutions.

Equiparts has facilitated many updates to the Pittsburgh International Airport to increase traveler comfort and improve airport ambiance. Major updates included selecting and procuring new drinking fountains, bottle filler units, and new restroom fixtures. With support from our vendors such as Sloan and Elkay, we helped the airport choose the best solutions for their facility.

One of our knowledgeable representatives, Joe Ferraro, worked directly with the head of plumbing, as well as other key maintenance personnel at PIT Airport to implement these upgrades. As an outside sales rep at Equiparts, Joe frequently works with our Pittsburgh area customers on site to provide hands-on support. Joe continues to work with the maintenance department at PIT airport as a knowledgeable source for all of their plumbing and maintenance needs.

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Additional Drinking Fountains and Bottle Filling Stations

Patrons of the airport cannot bring opened containers through checkpoint locations. That is one of the reasons why it is important that an airport has water coolers placed directly before and after security checkpoints, as well as throughout the airport, to make drinking water easily accessible. So far, Equiparts has added over 30 new water coolers throughout the airport. We have also added over a dozen bottle filler water cooler units to the Airside concourses where the majority of the shops and restaurants are located. The water cooler and bottle filler units we supplied are made by Elkay Manufacturing. These stainless steel units include the Vandal Resistant Bi-Level Water Cooler and EZH2O Bottle Filling Stations (View on our website). These multi-level units accommodate children and adults and allow two people to drink simultaneously, which is ideal for an airport, given the heavy traffic and the need for ADA compliance.

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Restroom Updates

Joe used his experience and expertise to help Airport personnel select the best new fixtures for the airport’s needs.  Fixtures such as new faucets, flush valves, urinals, as well as American Standard sinks and soap dispensers were provided to upgrade the airport’s restrooms. Most of the new units chosen for these updates were from Sloan, for which Equiparts is a master distributor. PIT Airport updated their restrooms with top of the line Royal flushometers for urinals and closets, as well as electronic sensor faucets. All of these fixtures provide the highest quality in terms of functionality, appearance, and longevity.  

The PIT International Airport is constantly striving to improve the user experience for all of its travelers. We will be there to support them in any way we can, as their #1 source for plumbing and maintenance repair parts and fixtures!

 

 

Posted: October 25, 2016 at 10:27 am

Urinal Flange Repair Kit

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This Urinal Flange Repair Kit is a quick and easy kit that repairs 2” flanges without having to remove the original flange. This repair kit repairs both plastic and metal flanges, and comes with all the parts needed to repair your broken flange. The adjustable metal flange opens up and slides around the edge of the flange, between the broken flange and the urinal gasket. Close the adjustable metal flange, and install your bolts and voila! Your flange is now repaired.

See how the Urinal Flange Repair Kit works in our video below, with Chris Pofi, Operations Manager at Equiparts.

Included in the Urinal Flange Repair Kit:UrinalFlangeRepairKit-Equiparts

  • Adjustable Metal Flange Repair Part
  • Neoprene Gasket
  • 2” Bolts (2)
  • Nuts (2)
  • Washers (2)

 

The Flange Repair Kit is now on sale at Equiparts! To place your order, give us a call on our toll free number: 800-442-6622 Monday through Friday, 8AM-5PM EST. Or view the Flange Repair Kit on our website to add it to your quote (EC Part #65784)

Want to share the Flange Repair Kit with a friend? Send them our 65784 Urinal Flange Kit PDF!

Posted: June 6, 2016 at 10:10 am

How to Permanently Eliminate the Smell of Urine from Public Restrooms

Have you ever walked into a restroom and smelled urine despite the fact that the restroom has been cleaned? Odor can be due to a multitude of factors, including people missing the toilet and other unsanitary conditions. Unfortunately, it can also happen in clean restrooms.

PB Gone, the Uric Acid EliminatorFor restrooms that aren’t cleaned thoroughly or often enough, the problem may be a buildup of uric acid that is hard to remove. In this instance, we suggest using a cleaning product called PB Gone’, the Uric Acid Eliminator. This specialty cleaning product utilizes engineered enzymes which attack Uric Acid build up and continue to break it down long after it’s sprayed. Another cleaning agent, ‘Urinal Scale Remover’ removes uric acid as well as limescale, calcium, and rust build-up.

What is the problem when a restroom is clean, but still smells like urine?

Restrooms that smell like urine even when they are clean and free of uric acid build-up are most common in men’s restrooms for one reason: Urinals. This problem can be more common in waterfree urinals. There is a Waterfree Urinal Cleanser that can be used to ‘flush’ the urinals of residue from urine.

60800115CS_2Facilities choose waterfree urinals to save money and energy through bypassing the need to flush the urinal every time it’s used. Based on Gentworks survey data collected from hundred of sites, 80% of the monetary savings gained from the installation of water free urinals (view our waterfree urinal selectionwill be due to the reduction in water use. However, the challenge of waterfree urinals is their maintenance requirements.  Improper or infrequent maintenance leads to the buildup of solids in the urinal, which results in bathroom odor. This brings us to our final, permanent solution for ridding your restroom of urine smell while remaining water and energy conscious: introducing the Sloan Hybrid Urinal with Jetrinse technology. Find out how the new Hybrid Urinal by Sloan Valve can save your facility tens of thousands of gallons of water each year while needing little maintenance at the same time with a ‘service purge’ that keeps drain lines clean and free of urine. Learn more about the most innovative urinal on the market in our Sloan Hybrid Urinal blog post.

Posted: at 10:02 am

Sloan Hybrid Urinal with Jetrinse Technology

Sloan Hybrid Urinal with Jetrinse technology

The new Sloan Hybrid Urinal with Jetrinse technology is virtually a waterfree urinal that does an automatic ‘service purge’ which flushes up to one gallon of water once every 72 hours. This hybrid model allows you to still save thousands of gallons of water a year and also easily keep your drain lines clean, hygienic, and clog free, while also keeping your restrooms odor free!
We like to practice what we preach at Equiparts. So, we updated our facilities with the new Hybrid Urinal from Sloan! We promote sustainability at Equiparts and hope to become more energy and water efficient as our manufacturers continue to create innovative and environmentally friendly fixtures and products. (We also have a bottle filler station in our employee kitchen that has saved over 12,000 plastic bottles!) We are excited to now have a Sloan Hybrid Urinal which will help us save thousands of gallons of water each year.Sloan Hybrid Urinal Installation Info

Notes about Installing the Sloan Hybrid Urinal:

Flushometer inside the Sloan Hybrid UrinalAccording to Chris Pofi, Operations Manager at Equiparts, the Sloan Hybrid Urinal with Jetrinse Technology was very easy to install at Equiparts. He says that it only took them about 30 minutes to install in the Equiparts’ restroom.

Prior to the Hybrid Urinal, Equiparts had an American Standard AllBrook Urinal installed. (The All Brook is very similar to the High-Efficiency Sloan Urinal, so these installation tips most likely apply to updating from that unit as well) The footprint of the AllBrook urinal was smaller than the footprint of the Sloan Hybrid urinal, which fortunately covered up any marks or indentations made by the AllBrook unit. The only item that needed adjusting was the height of the wall mounting bracket.

Sloan Hybrid Urinal Specifications

Urinal Specifications from Sloan Valve

Find out more about the Sloan Hybrid Urinal, including pricing, bulk order discounts, or get a quote by calling one of our Equiparts product specialists: 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM-5:00 PM EST. Or download and share the Sloan Retrofit Hybrid Urinal PDF with colleagues or friends. 

Related Content:
Learn about the new water appliance regulations for 2016 and find out why you should know them before choosing which urinal models to update your facility within another Equiparts blog: ‘Installing New Urinals? Don’t Make the Mistake of Updating Outdated’

Posted: May 24, 2016 at 10:21 am

Equiparts Visits Sloan Park aka the Cubs Stadium

 

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As a Pittsburgh based company, Equiparts naturally has many employees who are sports fans. So when we found out Equiparts team member Andrew Grimwood, our Web Designer, was going on a trip to Arizona, we got him tickets to a Cubs game so he could check out Sloan Park.
 Sloan Park Cubs Stadium
For those of you unfamiliar with Sloan Park, it is the Spring training home of the Chicago Cubs, and opened in 2014. It was originally called Cubs Park, but on Jan. 8th, 2015, Sloan Valve Co. bought the naming rights. Located in Mesa, Arizona, Sloan Park is the largest spring training stadium by capacity (15,000 seats) in Major League Baseball.
Andrew told us about his experience at Sloan Park:
Sloan Park Mesa, ArizonaAs I entered the park, I was astonished by its sheer size. There were people everywhere, including Cubs fans and fans of other MLB teams. There was not a bad view anywhere in the park, and the smell of great food was everywhere. Ever since I started working at Equiparts back in the Spring of 2013, I’ve learned a lot about Sloan Valve Co, so I had to go and check out the restroom facilities. It was packed, but I tried to catch a glance of all the units they had installed. The coolest thing I saw was the BASYS faucet with the Spring Training logo of the Cubs right on the head of the faucet. Before I left the park, I had to get my picture taken in front of the Spring Training version of the world-famous Wrigley Field Marquee that welcomes visitors to the park. I had a great time visiting the park. The views and the food were great, as were the facilities.
 Sloan Valve Faucet for Chicago Cubs
Andrew added, “Out of all the ballparks I visited in Arizona, Sloan Park was by far the best one!”
Equiparts was the very first Sloan Valve Repair Center, and has been a Sloan Valve Master Repair Parts Distributor for almost 50 years. We stock a complete line of Sloan repair parts and units, from the smallest Sloan repair parts to custom-built Sloan flush valves, work with Equiparts, and get any Sloan fixture, part or tool you need.