Are you consistently being greeted with a smelly washroom and clogged pipes? Sick of having to flush out your systems and deal with messy blockages? Well, it may be time to re-consider your urinal system. For many years, the standard, manual urinal has been a popular choice for toilet facilities, however as technology advances and demands for a self-maintaining systems increase, the cracks in its design are beginning to show.
A manual urinal needs to be flushed around every 3 minutes to prevent blockages and the build up of uric acid. However, the implications of this are obvious – high costs and bad practice for the environment. Many organisations therefore opt to install a flush controller but reducing flush frequency increases susceptibility to obstructions and odor.
Why do Blockages Occur?
In technical terms blockages in pipes are caused by uric acid salts (found in urine) mixing with limescale (found in water). Therefore, systems in areas of soft water often incur less blockages dude to low lime scale content whilst hard water areas prove to be more of a menace.
No water means no lime scale. Non-the less the hard scale can still build up, but it is much easier to clean. The best waterless urinal systems use microbiology to treat urine as soon as it enters wastepipes, breaking down the uric salts so they cannot accumulate.
Stop the Stench
There should be no reason why a urinal should smell, be it waterless or not. However waterless urinals employ numerous helpful tactics to help combat unpleasant odors. Both the inside and outside of the bowl need to be thoroughly cleaned to avoid the buildup of odor-causing bacteria. Waterless urinals are more hygienic to clean as there is no lime scale to create an absorbent layer where bacteria can live. Waterless urinals, in addition to using microbiological systems also use barrier and valve systems to trap foul air in the waste pipework. One disadvantage is that waterless systems do need servicing, how often, depends on regularity of use. Failure to service the urinal may mean smells begin to re-appear.
Whilst there are a whole host of benefits of switching to a waterless system, including self-maintenance and a lower installation costs, there also have some disadvantages. As urine is not diluted there is a higher risk of fluids coming into contact with skin during cleaning. They may also incur slightly higher maintenance costs. However, in many cases the benefits of a waterless system far outweigh potential limitations, not only do the urinals reduce unpleasant odor and blockages; saving on water benefits the environment and ultimately reduces costs.
A waterless washroom is the way to go!