Public restrooms are a normal part of our daily life, but you may not realize
just how much goes into them in order to make sure you can do your business
without worry. This is especially relevant to business or commercial property
owners who have a public restroom they are responsible for maintaining.
Here are a few fascinating facts that you may not realize about public
Dropping the Call
It should come as little surprise that smartphones have dramatically increased
the average amount of time spent on the toilet, and they’ve also
increased the number of people who drop their phone into the toilet, leading
to the ultimate “oh, crap!” moment. Some estimates say as many as
7 million people drop their phone in the toilet each year (though this includes both private
and public bathrooms).
The Most Sanitary Stall
Most people have a strong disdain for public restrooms because they’re
seen as a place with high amounts of bacteria. However, you can give yourself
a little more comfort by simply choosing the right toilet stall. Statistically,
the first stall or fixture you see when walking in is the least used in
every restroom, therefore making it most likely the cleanest.
They Use More Water Than You Think
You’ve probably noticed that public toilets have a far higher pressure
water flow when they flush in order to prevent obnoxious clogging. However,
this maintenance-reducing feature comes at a cost: toilets made before
1993 could use up to 16 liters of water per flush. After 1993, the National
Energy Policy Act mandated that toilets cut back on water usage, and now
use only about six liters per flush.
In Europe, Most Public Toilets Aren’t Free
Here in the good ol’ United States, public bathrooms are about as
common as gas stations, and we take that for granted sometimes. Europeans
aren’t so lucky. In fact, the vast majority of public restrooms
in major cities like London, Paris, Madrid, Rome, and more actually charge
you to get through the door. Some restrooms can be as high as about the
equivalent of a dollar or $1.50, depending on the country.
Public Restrooms Need Regular Maintenance
Maintenance is a typical part of caring for any restroom, but public restrooms
need more than just your typical cleaning every several hours. In fact,
because these rooms tend to get so much more use than their residential
counterparts, they’re far more likely to experience an issue. If
your business or commercial property has restrooms available to the public,
you should have it inspected at least every six months to ensure your
fixtures remain in good working order and your pipes are free and clear
from possibly building clogs.
Need to schedule a commercial plumbing maintenance service?
Call Smith’s Plumbing Services today at (901) 290-1110!