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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Facility Shutdowns Cause Increased Risk of Legionella

The sudden facility shutdowns that occurred as a result of Covid-19 could create an ideal breeding ground for legionella and other harmful bacteria in the water systems of many buildings. Legionnaires’ Disease is a severe form of pneumonia that is caused when a person inhales legionella bacteria. When not treated promptly, Legionnaires’ disease can be fatal. This is important to discuss now as facilities begin to consider reopening. The water systems of many facilities have been sitting idle for weeks or months. If the proper steps are not taken to clean these systems, there could be grave consequences.

Usually, water systems have a low risk of harboring legionella because water is continuously running through the pipes. However, building closures have stopped this flow of water, and created stagnant or standing water inside these systems. Temperature changes caused by fluctuating Spring weather can also help the bacteria to multiply. If facilities are not proactive in eradicating the bacteria, people will be exposed to legionella when the water is turned back on. The bacteria will flow through the pipes to the point of use, and into contact with the users. 

People contract Legionnaires’ disease by breathing in mist from water that contains the legionella bacteria. This occurs most frequently through showerheads, sink faucets, hot tubs, decorative fountains and water features, drinking fountains, hot water tanks and heaters, and large plumbing systems. Infection can also occur when contaminated water accidentally enters your lungs in situations like when you choke while drinking.

Most large facilities like hospitals and major corporations have testing procedures and a treatment plan in place to prevent legionella growth. They may also have procedures to destroy the bacteria should growth occur. However, smaller facilities like fitness centers, retail stores, and smaller commercial buildings may not have a water management plan. They may not even know that their facilities could be at risk of exposing people to legionella when their water systems are turned back on.

If your facility does not have a comprehensive plan for addressing the risk of Legionnaires’ Disease, you may want to get your water tested by a water treatment company. 

The CDC recently updated its guidelines for safely reopening buildings after a prolonged shutdown. They recommend taking 8 steps before reopening. See the list below. Click the following link to read their full guidelines, and to view more information and resources regarding this issue: CDC Guidance for Building Water Systems.

  1. Develop a comprehensive water management program (WMP)
  2. Ensure your water heater is properly maintained and the temperature is correctly set
  3. Flush your water system
  4. Clean all decorative water features, such as fountains
  5. Ensure hot tubs/spas are safe for use
  6. Ensure cooling towers in air conditioning systems are clean and well-maintained
  7. Ensure safety equipment including fire sprinkler systems, eyewash stations, and safety showers are clean and well-maintained
  8. Maintain your water system

This article is designed to serve as an informative piece to make facility managers aware of a lesser known issue that can arise because of the coronavirus shutdown.

At Equiparts, we carry a variety of specialty fixtures like check stop valves, patient care application faucets, thermostatic mixing valves with integral by-pass, showerheads with auto-drain, UV point of use disinfectant systems, and other fixtures that can help decrease bacteria growth that happens within water systems. If you are interested in learning more about any of these items, give one of our sales reps a call at 800-442-6622 (M-F from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM EST) to learn more.