Potentially hundreds of people have a hot shower in your hotel every morning. There are a lot of demands on your hotel’s plumbing, and hundreds of fixtures to worry about, from toilets to showers and sinks. Your guests’ experience with those plumbing is a big part of their experience with your hotel. They won’t forget lukewarm showers or plugged toilets. So, you must keep it all running smoothly with regular maintenance. Here are plumbing tips for hotels that can help you make your customers’ experience top-notch.
Tips to Prevent Hotel Plumbing Problems
There are a few ways that you can prevent plumbing problems and make sure that your guests are more comfortable. These prevention tips can also make for less work for your housekeeping staff.
- Soften water: Hard water will result in calcium build-up in your shower head and your tub. This can result in lower water pressure, which frustrates guests. It can also make it harder for your staff to clean the fixtures. Installing a water softener will help you avoid both of these problems.
- Hair catchers: Hair is a big cause of plumbing clogs, but you can prevent them with hair catchers. Add these to both the shower and sink drains (to catch the hair from men shaving their face).
- Choice of Soaps: Those delightful bars of soap you leave for guests could be contributing to plumbing problems. Chunks can get caught in drains, and some bar soaps create more soap scum than liquid formulas. Instead, you might consider installing permanent liquid soap dispensers in each room.
Tips for Better Hotel Plumbing Maintenance
A smart maintenance schedule can also help you avoid plumbing issues that might interfere with your guest’s stay. Here are a few maintenance tips:
- Pipe inspections: Pipe inspections may seem like one of those plumbing tasks you shouldn’t do until a problem occurs. However, pipe inspections can help you catch problems early or assess the current state of your plumbing, which helps you make better long-term decisions about it.
- Regular drain cleaning: Don’t wait until there’s a catastrophic clog. You know that your pipes are collecting hairs, oils and other debris whether or not it has begun to cause a problem. In the off-season, schedule time to clean all your drains and you can prevent problems with them for the year.
- Check the pressure: Pressure irregularities can cause big problems throughout your building, and even harm your plumbing equipment. You can fix these problems before they get out of control if you check the pressure regularly.
- Check for leaks routinely: Any room can develop a leak, so it is beneficial if staff are surveying each room for leaks, and other plumbing problems, routinely. Have staff members check fixtures for drips, look for signs of water damage on the walls and ceiling, and even check to be sure that showers and sinks are draining quickly.
Work with Your Guests
Your guests can be your best ally in preventing and detecting any issues with your plumbing, or other parts of your building. Make sure that your guests know they can bring any plumbing issues to you, and you stand a better chance of fixing them before they get serious.