New Years Eve, Saturday Night, and…Urinals

Question: When it comes to restaurants, what do New Years Eve and Saturday night have in common?

Answer: Clogged urinals

Urinals get a lot of use on busy nights, such as Saturday nights. With the heavy use come clogs and blockage, preventing the water and urine from draining properly – a problem that is both unsightly and can be costly to repair.

“This was an ongoing dilemma for us until we replaced some of our conventional urinals with waterless ones from Waterless™ No-Flush Urinals,” says Vanessa Solis, manager of Mother’s Tavern in the resort community of San Luis Obispo, CA.

With a waterless urinal, instead of using water to flush away urine, gravity drains the urine into a vertically-designed trap that sits atop the drain area – forming a seal. The trap is filled with a thin layer of liquid sealant, preventing odors from escaping. As the urinal is used, urine flows into a conventional drainpipe in much the same way as a traditional urinal works.

“There are no clogs with Waterless No-Flush urinals,” says Solis. “If debris gets in the urinal, it’s easily removed. The best part, though, is that there are no more service calls to expensive plumbers – which is a real savings.”

Although several restaurants have installed waterless urinals, Mother’s Tavern may be one of the first for this resort community.

“Being a trendsetter is nothing new for us, as we were honored with the California Small Business Award a few years ago for helping to revitalize our town,” says Solis. “I expect more restaurants will now follow our lead and install Waterless No-Flush urinals as well.”

2 thoughts on “New Years Eve, Saturday Night, and…Urinals

  1. Richard Sanchez

    Is this why bars pour lots of ice into regular urinals on busy nights, to keep them from clogging up?

    I’ve never seen this with a waterless urinal but with the regular ones the bar help keeps pouring ice in them and never figured out why.


  2. Niki Bradley

    Bars use costly ice to keep odors down, usually when their flush valves no longer work or work poorly.
    Costs energy, potable water and someone to carry the ice. Hope this helps.


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