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Urinals are an important and practical feature in any male commercial washroom environment, so it’s key to understand which urinal is most suitable for your wash space, which can sometimes seem like an impossible job!
Lan Services has been designing and installing commercial washrooms for over 20 years and all staff, including our plumbers and installers, have extensive knowledge on the design, supply and fit of urinals to find the right solution for you.
Choose from a classic ceramic urinal bowl, an exposed or concealed cistern or the eco-friendly waterless urinal, we are one of the UK’s leading suppliers and installers of urinals, flush controls and cisterns.
Our range of washroom urinals for sale is one of the most competitive in the UK. Our urinals can be purchased individually, or as convenient packs that include all the relevant urinal parts needed, including cistern, flush pipes, spreaders, and wastes.
Our urinals come in a variety of materials including ceramic, stainless steel as well as resin GRP. All of our urinals are suitable for use in a wide variety of commercial washrooms, including schools, offices, and leisure centres, as well as facilities with specific needs, such as anti-vandal environments.
From our offices located in Dorset and London, our coverage extends throughout the South of the UK and we’re more than confident we’re able to help you! Get in touch today.
Our Urinal Installation Process
Contact us today to discuss your specific washroom needs
Site Visit & Survey
We come to visit your school to understand the extent of the work.
We provide you with a quote and start drawing up designs.
We provide a full supply and fit service to complete your school washroom.
Our commercial urinal range features, concealed or exposed cistern urinal kits, urinal troughs, waterless urinals, cisterns and urinal flush controls suitable for every use and environment.
Exposed urinals are designed so that the cistern is wall-mounted externally and therefore on view above the urinals in the washroom. This means the pipework, often called sparge pipes or flush pipes, are also externally mounted on the walls.
Concealed cistern urinals are designed so that the cistern and pipes are hidden from view, usually behind IPS duct panels or within a wall void. Concealing the cisterns and pipework helps to prevent tampering or accidental damage and it also makes cleaning and maintenance a lot easier.
Our range of GRP and stainless steel urinal troughs come in various set sizes which relate to the number of users they are designed for.
Waterless urinals are a brilliant way to reduce your water consumption. They work by the use of a clever filter. Urine passes through and into the waste pipe and a cartridge prevents the backflow of back foul odours.
We offer urinal cisterns in 4.5L, 9.0L, and 13L capacities all with auto syphons designed to trigger water flow into the urinal bowls as soon as they reach capacity.
Step 1: First Fix
The first fix urinal pipework is where you’ll start. This includes mounting water feeds to supply the cistern and urinal waste pipes connected to the buildings sewerage system.
When installing waterless urinals the waste pipes are the only first fix plumbing that you’ll need.
It is important to mount the pipework to suit the bowl and cistern heights. You’ll also need to take consideration of whether the finished pipes will be exposed or concealed behind IPS panels or service void walls.
Step 2: Mounting the urinal bowl.
The bowl will either be mounted on to an IPS panel system or onto the toilet room wall depending on whether you have an exposed or concealed set up.
If the urinals are to be mounted on an IPS panel the hanger fixings will be either bolted through the panel or face mounted and screwed. If the setup is designed for exposed cistern installation the hangers will likely screw straight to the wall.
Generally, urinal mounting heights vary from 510mm (children) to 610mm (adults), although this is usually left to the facility to decide.
Step 3: Second Fix
The installation is now ready to be connected. Simply connect the urinal waste pipe to the urinal trap and the water feeds to the cistern.
We recommend the use of a urinal flushing device that will limit the amount of water that is filled into the cistern at any one time. This should be plumbed into the cistern water feed pipe.
It is important to run the pipework through thoroughly in order to commission the installation and check for any leaks and problems that might occur before handing over.
Urinal Installation Costs
The costs of installing urinals will vary based on the specific urinal type. Typically a cistern fed urinal installation with 2-3 urinal bowls will take 1 day to install.
A single urinal set up can cost less than £300.00 (+VAT), while a 3 bowl installation with a sensor-operated flush control will be charged in excess of £2,000.00 (+VAT).
However, the installation may have to span more than 1 day if it is dependant on other trades or tasks being finished, such as the floor being laid or IPS panels being installed.
How many toilets should a school have?
The Department of Education’s school toilet regulations do not specify a set number of toilets that a school should have. They do, however, recommend the following number of toilets per person:
- One toilet and one washbasin for every 10 pupils under 5 years old
- One toilet and one washbasin for every 20 pupils aged 5 – 11 years old
- One toilet for every 20 pupils aged 11 or over, but there is scope to reduce the number of washbasins where the washing facilities are shared
Urinal Installation Faqs
Waterless urinals work by diverting urine into a one way valve and through to a trap. This urinal trap has a chemical less dense than urine, so when the urine enters the trap, the chemical displaces the urine and forces it lower into the trap. Waterless urinals are an excellent way to save water and avoid all the potential problems that come with water, such as flooding. They are also very hygienic, reducing the spread and growth of bacteria.
The reason urinals can become blocked over time is usually down to the build up of scale in either the waste pipe work or the urinal traps. This scale is mostly caused by limescale that is present in the water, and uric scale, which is a combination of proteins found in urine and hard water that forms a hard accumulation of scale in the urinal systems.
To unclog a urinal, you can simply use a plunger the same way you’d unclog a toilet. If this doesn’t have the desired effect, you can use a drain auger to snake the drain line and remove any blockages. For more heavy duty blockages, you can use a solution of muriatic acid and water to dissolve blockages- being sure to wear the appropriate safety equipment and gloves to protect yourself.
Many common questions and general advice on urinals can be found by reading our blog. Of particular relevance is the Commercial Urinals information and questions. Browse our Washroom Case Studies where many of our urinals have been included.
A push button valve means users are able to flush the urinal after each visit, while simultaneously doing away with timed flushes. They can be used with both exposed and concealed cistern urinals, as well as direct mains water fed flush systems. They allow site managers to control water flow more effectively without the added expense of fitting sensor activation.
Connecting urinal push button valves, also known as non-concussive valves, often creates unnecessary confusion. This is simply because many valves have imperial 1/2 inch male threaded connections and the connecting pipework is often metric 15mm pipe.
Connecting standard 15mm pipework to the 1/2″ threaded connection is relatively simple and is the same procedure for fitting standard taps with 1/2″ connections to 15mm pipework.
For this reason, it’s worth noting that urinal flush valves are no different to taps. Albeit they allow the water to flow through another onward pipe to a urinal spreader, rather than to a tap spout.
Thinking of upgrading your washroom?
Lan Services are able to carry out washroom refurbishment projects across the majority of the South of England. With installation teams positioned in both London and Dorset, we are able to take project enquiries from across the regions. Contact us today!