Thinking of installing a waterless urinal?
Well don’t be put off by some the stories you may have heard, they do just as good a job as their regular flushed companions, at times they work even better, providing they are fitted and maintained appropriately.
Just some of the advantages of installing a waterless urinal
– Reduced water usage – This means annual water costs would be significantly reduced along with improving your carbon foot print
– Reduced lime scale build-up – Due to a majority of the UK being supplied with hard water, lime scale build up can be a major issue within a washroom environment
– Minimal Flooding risk – There is no running water within the urinals to cause this issue
Now you understand the advantages of fitting a waterless urinal you need to choose the system best for you. There are currently three systems available that Axent Design can install within your washroom before you make a decision, here some information on the options available to you!
This works by filtering the urine through a cartridge. The cartridge filter contains tiny microbes that break down the urine into an odourless liquid, a standard trap or U-bend fitting provides the barrier to stop any unpleasant smells coming up through the drainage system.
As always with any sanitary system regular cartridge replacement and cleansing is required. With this system the cartridge requires on average replacing four times a year. Regular weekly sluicing is required to ensure that blockages are avoided, though more importantly cleansing needs to be done using only the recommended and compatible products for this system, using standard cleaning or incompatible products can result in the system not working in the correct manor and therefore dispersing odours and worst case, the urinal being completely blocked.
Liquid Barrier System
The liquid barrier system works just as it says. An oil based liquid that floats on top of the urine providing a barrier to stop unpleasant smells coming from the drainage system and entering the room. As with the previous system, regular cartridge replacement is required, approximately four times a year. Though this system does not require sluicing, as the introduction of the water would break the seal, and allow the system to disperse odours. Sluicing would only be required during the cartridge replacement process, to flush away any residues. It is also only advisable that the recommended cleaning products be used again to avoid breaking the oil seal.
Valve Barrier System
A cartridge fitted with a built in one-way valve, allowing urine to pass through the valve then closes immediately after to stop any unpleasant odours back into the room. Many models of this type do integrate this valve technology and the Microbiological system within one system. Regular cleansing and sluicing is required, though if the model fitted incorporates the Microbiological technology only the recommended cleansing products should be used.
Any of these systems can be fitted as part of our standard IPS Duct panelling and will be installed in the same way a flushed system would be.
If a waterless urinal is something you have been considering, hopefully you are a feeling a little more informed to be able to make the decision. However, if you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Axent Design team on 0116 326 0060 or firstname.lastname@example.org