If you just opened a bar or lounge and you have urinals in your men's room, chances are they will be receiving a lot of usage since you are in the business of serving alcoholic beverages. Taking care of your bar's urinals is an important task if you wish to keep them working properly, avoiding unnecessary downtime and repair as a result. Here are some tips you can use to keep your bar's urinals in the best of shape for your customers.
Prepare To Clean Your Urinals
If you have a regular cleaning service come into your establishment, they most likely handle the cleaning of your urinals along with other cleaning activities. If you do the cleaning yourself, do it at a time when the establishment is closed so you do not cause patrons to need to wait for the procedure to be finished. Don a pair of gloves and remove any cigarette butts, paper towels, or other trash that patrons may have thrown into the urinals. Remove each urinal screen or block so you have direct access to the entire surface of the each urinal's basin.
Clean The Urinal Out Completely
Spray down the interior of each urinal with a heavy-duty disinfectant with a deodorizer. You can purchase great products from a janitorial supply service or through a plumbing service. Allow the cleaner to sit for several minutes and use a sponge to wipe down the porcelain. Clean the exterior of the urinals in the same manner after the interior has been cleaned. When you are finished cleaning you will need to throw away your sponge so it is not mistakenly used to clean another item. Place a new urinal screen or blocker in the bottom portion of each basin. Wipe down the handles with the disinfectant and wipe off with a disposable paper towel.
Handle Clogs Promptly And Efficiently
If one of your urinals becomes clogged, you are at risk for an overflow situation as bar patrons may continue to use the unit if they do not have an alternate spot to relieve themselves. You will need to act promptly in fixing the clog to avoid this scenario. If the porcelain bowl has only one exit hole, you can use a plunger to see if there is an obstruction in the piping that may have been lodged in the way of liquid flow. If this does not alleviate the problem, try using a plumber's snake to dislodge matter from the pipes.
If the urinal has several smaller exit holes, you will need to undo the trap from below to remove excess liquid from the basin. Place a bucket under the pipe on the bottom of the unit and use a wrench to remove the nuts at each end of the pipe to remove it. This is a messy job, so you will want to be properly protected from bacteria and waste with the right clothing.
The waste will flow into the bucket for you to dispose of in a toilet or another urinal. You can now use a plumber's snake to push through an obstruction in the pipe going into the wall near the unit. If the urinal still fills up after you reassemble the piping, you may want to call a plumber to take a look at the unit. They can do a hydro-jetting procedure to remove hardened calcium deposits from the piping if necessary. Contact a business, such as Puget Sound Plumbing, for more information.