How do Waterless Urinals Work?

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With green appliances becoming more and more popular, many businesses and homeowners are choosing waterless urinals. These devices are more eco-friendly than conventional urinals, as they don’t use any water. They also save money, as flushing a urinal is more expensive in water cost than you might think. But how do waterless urinals work?

Waterless urinals look about the same as conventional urinals. However, they lack a water intake pipe, as this part is unnecessary. They are used in the same way as regular urinals. Instead of requiring a flush, however, the waterless urinal drains itself with gravity. They have outflow pipes connecting to whatever conventional plumbing system a building has, so the waste goes directly to a water treatment plant. They are therefore clean, eco-friendly, inexpensive, and can be installed to work with almost any existing plumbing system.

The differential cost among models of waterless urinals is primarily a result of the different drain technology. Some models have a trap in the drain that can be filled with water and a kind of oil. This limits any odor that a waterless urinal might have. These models are more expensive, ranging up to $600, and traps must be regularly replaced. A regular no-flush urinal without a trap comes with a simple plug drain. This can be as low as $40.

For all budgets and plumbing systems, there are waterless urinals available. As technology advances in green appliances, more and more business and homeowners can take advantage of these eco-conscious and pocketbook-friendly solutions.

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