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Restroom repairs: Essential tips for keeping your costs down and your functionality up

Posted by Dude Solutions Canada, Inc. | Friday, October 23, 2015

Restroom repairs: Essential tips for keeping your costs down and your functionality up When you sit down to think about where your facility's operating budget is going, you may not expect your building's restrooms to be near the top of the list. However, the fact is that bathrooms can be tremendous eaters of money if not properly maintained.

Your bathroom can be a hub of maintenance headaches if you aren't careful. In addition to monitoring resource use in the form of water consumption, bathroom fixtures see some of the highest levels of use in any given facility, meaning they're more prone to need regular repairs as part of your building maintenance schedule. But with foresight and the help of a CMMS or other centralized facility management platform, you can keep your restrooms running smoothly. 

Control your water usage

By and large, the bulk of your restroom-related expenses from a maintenance perspective are going to come from water consumption. Like electricity, water is something that every single person in your building uses several times a day, so it may be understandable if you have reservations about your ability to significantly cut back on water use.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce your consumption and, by extension, your monthly utility bills. One way to reduce your water consumption is to take a hands-off approach. Automatic and touch-free fixtures can be big money-savers. In fact, according to Crockett Facilities Services, electronic or hands-free faucets can reduce water use by up to 80 percent, and also improve sanitation as an added bonus. 

You can also use your building's CMMS to help get a leg up on reducing your water consumption. Your maintenance teams can note in real time any areas of the building that are experiencing plumbing leaks or inefficient usage, which can help you better direct your maintenance efforts. 

Shine some light on your restroom costs

Now that you're thinking about overhauling your restrooms, chances are your mind is tuned to all things water-related. However, it's important not to overlook other areas that could be sapping your operational costs as well. Lighting often represents the largest operational expense for facilities, so consider how the lights in your bathrooms may be contributing to this overspending.

FacilitiesNet noted that many manual light switches in restrooms are never turned off. This may seem like a small point, but if your lights are on close to 24 hours a day, your utility bill will reflect that. The source noted that replacing manual light switches with automatic ones can reduce lighting costs in your restrooms by up to 90 percent. You can reap additional lighting savings by retrofitting your light fixtures with newer, more energy-efficient varieties, such as LED lights.

Inspect, inspect, inspect

You likely incorporate regular inspections as part of your planned building maintenance already, but this is a valuable tool that can save you money if used properly. For example, small things that may not have even caught your attention may be instrumental in slashing your operating expenses in your restroom. FacilitiesNet drew attention to one such minor detail - isolation valves. As the source pointed out, adding isolation valves to your restroom fixtures may be low down on your priority list, but if you understand the way this small upgrade can save you money, it becomes much more significant and important.