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Five Ways to Convert to Touchless Flush Valves

Posted on Monday, Jun 15, 2020 in PVFundamentals

Guide to Touchless Flush Valves

Hygiene is important in every commercial restroom. As facilities prepare for increases in traffic volume, buildings such as schools, restaurants, airports, and stadiums are converting public restrooms into touch-free environments. Sloan, a major manufacturer of plumbing products, offers 5 ways to convert manual flush valves into touch-free solutions, with options for every budget and meet the unique needs of your facility.

1. Complete Flush Valve Replacements

Sloan Sensor Activated Flush Valve

Depending on your time and budget, switching your complete Flush Valve may be the best choice for your organization. Sloan’s complete sensor-activated flush valves are available in a wide variety of options. Power options include battery, solar, and hardwired with battery back-up. Installation can be exposed or concealed, floor-mounted or wall-mounted, and are available in a variety of finishes to match your décor. Explore Sloan Sensor Activated Flush Valves

2. Top-Mount Retrofit Kits

Sloan Top Mount Retrofit Kit

Top-Mount retrofit conversions can be completed in under 10 minutes. Installation requires two steps: First, remove the flushometer valve body cover and internal parts, then remove handle assembly and gasket. Next, replace the side handle assembly with new handle cap and screw on sensor assembly with the new internal parts. It is important to note that water supply must be turned off at control stop and push valve handle to relieve water pressure before the conversion is begun.

With several models to choose from, you’ll be able to find a version that works for your budget and requirements. Options include solar-powered panel with battery backup which offers a battery life up to 8 years, a water saving model, as well as standard and budget friendly offerings, which can last up to 6 years. Top-Mount retrofits use 4 “AA” batteries. Explore Sloan Top-Mount Retrofit Kits

3. Side-Mount Retrofit Kits

Sloan Side Mount Retrofit Kit

Side-mount retrofit kits can be installed in under 5 minutes by removing the existing handle by loosening handle coupling, and then installing the side-mount and tightening coupling. Water does not need to be shut off, but caution should be used to not activate the valve. 

Side-mount retrofit kits use 4 “C” batteries, which will last up to 3 years. Flush volume cannot be changed, and will use the same as the existing flush valve. Both the single flush and dual flush models offer True Mechanical Overrides to ensure a manual flush should the batteries be low. A compact model with electronic override is also available. Explore Sloan Side-Mount Retrofit Kits

4. Over-the-handle retrofit kits

Sloan Over the Handle Retrofit

The over-the-handle retrofit kit is the fastest way to convert to a touchless flush solution. Installation can be done in 1 minute since no adjustments are needed. Simply slide the handle mount over the existing flushometer handle and tighten.

The over-the-handle retrofit valve includes True Mechanical Override ensuring manual flush if batteries are low. Batteries in this model can last up to 2 years. Flush volume cannot be changed; it is determined by the existing flushometer model. See Sloan Over-the-Handle Retrofit Kit Specs

5. Handle retrofits

Sloan Handle Retrofit

While not exactly a touchless solution, Sloan manual retrofit handles use specially formulated materials and coatings and come in a variety of hygienic and water conserving options.

CuVerro® is a copper surface that continuously kills bacteria* left behind by dirty hands, killing more than 99.9% of bacteria within 2 hours. SaniGuard® Handle is coated to inhibit the growth of common bacteria, molds, and fungi. This extra layer of protection offers active bacteria reduction properties that last the life of the product. UPPERCUT® Handle has an antimicrobial coating that inhibits the growth of bacteria. Contact us for more information on Sloan Retrofit Handles

Need help selecting the right touchless flush valve for your facility? Contact the experts at Cooney Brothers. As a Sloan authorized distributor, we can assist with product selection. Cooney Brothers stocks a wide variety of Sloan flush valves, retrofit kits, and replacement parts. Shop Sloan Touchless Flush Valves and Retrofit Kits on our website or contact us for more information or a personalized quote.