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Addressing unique plumbing needs in hotels


Addressing unique plumbing needs in hotels
Hotels, like many heavily traveled locations, have unique plumbing needs. But unlike some other applications, a hotel’s needs can vary widely from the lobby to the kitchen to the guest room.

The foodservice needs in a hotel are similar in many respects to the kitchens in restaurants, hospitals and schools — fixtures should help a kitchen run smoothly without using too much water.

Selecting faucets with vandal-resistant aerators and 1.07 gpm pre-rinse unit spray valves keeps water use in check without sacrificing performance.

In publicly accessible restrooms, sensor faucets are becoming the go-to solution for the hospitality industry. Because water flows only when it’s needed, sensor faucets save about a gallon of water — and the associated energy to heat it — at every hand wash over traditional faucets. A flow of 0.5 gpm is sufficient in most public restrooms, and a vandal-resistant aerator prevents tampering to increase water flow.

Additionally, sensor faucets help maintain cleaner, more hygienic restrooms by keeping contaminated hands away from faucets.

Sensor faucets can also reduce maintenance needs, particularly when outfitted with a hydrogenerator, which uses the flow of water to charge the batteries needed to operate the faucet. The technology means hotel maintenance no longer has to worry about replacing batteries or monitoring electrical connections.

Because of the potential for wear and tear on facilities visited hundreds of times a day in heavily trafficked areas, durability is essential in selecting fixtures for public restrooms. And look for ease and accessibility in replacement parts for those elements that do need to be replaced over time.

Head upstairs, and things change. The dynamic in the guest room bathroom is often very different than what’s taking place in the public bathrooms and the kitchens. The primary focus shifts from efficiency and durability to aesthetics and experience.

Particularly in luxury hotels, visitor expectations drive the look, feel and functionality of guest bathroom fixtures. Faucets and showers with sleek, modern styles and luxurious features enhance guests’ experiences and inform the overall impression of the facility.

Still, efficiency, durability and ease of maintenance should not be overlooked in selecting fixtures. With 30 percent of hotel water usage coming from bathrooms and other domestic uses, flow rate choices can have a significant impact on water consumption — and bottom lines.