Preventative vs. reactive maintenance of a flushometer
While most plumbing maintenance is considered reactive, such as when a leak occurs or a part stops working, preventative maintenance can actually save time and money. Preventative maintenance is centered around the idea of regularly checking and servicing equipment as it progresses through its life cycle.
Anticipating problems before the occur and having the necessary repair parts on hand can save you from future headaches. An example of preventative maintenance is installing a new part at the first sign of deterioration instead of waiting until it is no longer operational.
Flushometers must pass strict industry tests of 250,000 flushes. A busy commercial restroom gets approximately 4,000 flushes per month, which translates to only five years of service.
There are four main factors that contribute to the life expectancy of flushometers and their parts:
- Water quality-High levels of chlorine or debris can erode parts over time
- Vandalism and abuse-Public buildings and facilities are more susceptible to misuse and damage
- Proper installation-Improper installation of the product can affect performance and accelerate deterioration
- Proper parts replacement-Off-brand replacement parts can negatively impact performance and reduce product life
Having a repair kit fully stocked and available for repairs can also save time and money. Check out the Zurn Flushometer Repair Assortment from Best Plumbing Specialties and all of our other repair kits.