Nothing is worse than walking into a public restroom and being confronted with a terrible odor and an equally hazardous situation such as a backed up urinal. Don’t lose business or risk your patrons safety by not maintaining your restrooms. The best remedy to avoid sudden unwanted emergency situations is routine maintenance.
Consistent inspection and maintenance time lines can differ based off several factors such as age of building and pipes, age of toilets/urinals, frequency of use and other contributing conditions. It’s a good idea to set up at least an annual inspection with a reputable commercial plumber for all things sinks, drains, toilets and urinals related for your business. If you are an establishment that experiences heavy traffic and restroom use, such as a restaurant or bar, or your business is in a very old building where the plumbing pipes and fixtures are quite aged and react to the seasonal temperature changes, then possibly a bi-annually or even quarterly inspection/maintenance plan might be more prudent.
Taking care of your plumbing, especially your restroom facilities also communicates your stance as a company. It speaks to:
- Hygiene and Cleanliness: Clean and well-maintained restrooms are essential for public health and hygiene. Neglecting maintenance can lead to unpleasant odors, unsightly stains, and the growth of harmful bacteria. This can deter customers and pose health risks.
- Customer Satisfaction: A clean and functional restroom contributes to a positive customer experience. When customers have access to well-maintained facilities, they are more likely to have a favorable impression of the business and are more likely to return. In contrast, dirty or poorly maintained restrooms can create a negative perception.
- Image and Brand Perception: The condition of your restrooms can reflect on your overall brand image. Clean, well-kept facilities convey professionalism and care for customers, which can enhance your brand’s reputation.
- Accessibility: Businesses also need to consider accessibility requirements for individuals with disabilities. Regular maintenance ensures that facilities meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards, providing equal access to all customers.
- Customer Retention: A clean and well-maintained restroom can positively influence customer loyalty. People are more likely to return to a business where they feel comfortable and valued.
- Employee Morale: The state of restroom facilities can affect employee morale, especially if employees have to use these facilities. Maintaining clean and functioning restrooms shows that the business cares about its employees’ well-being.
Aside from the preventative professional maintenance, there are other actions you can take to ensure the health of your plumbing systems:
- Have employees monitor the restrooms hourly to inspect toilets and tidy the restroom.
- Look for Foreign Objects: One of the most common reasons for clogs is the introduction of foreign objects into the toilet or urinal. Items like paper towels, sanitary products, wipes, and even small toys can get flushed accidentally or intentionally, leading to blockages. Put up visible signage that discourages anything besides toilet paper going down the toilet.
- Create signs encouraging “courtesy flushes”: Using an excessive amount of toilet paper or using non-disintegrating types of paper can create blockages in the pipes. Over time, paper can accumulate and restrict the flow of water. Shoot strait with your clientele and create a sign that tells your customers, “We have old pipes, please flush often. Our pipes will thank you.” You can get creative with these types of signs and appeal to people’s sense of humor if your clientele permits.
- Grease and Fats: Pouring grease, oils, or fats down the sink can lead to clogs further down the plumbing system as they congeal and adhere to the pipes. Train your kitchen staff and post signs that no grease or fats should ever be poured down the sinks.
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Call My Georgia Plumber today, at [770-592-0081], or Book Online to set up routine maintenance and inspections of all your plumbing facilities. We’d be glad to help you maintain the integrity of your business’ plumbing. Call the Big Dogs!