Refurbishing Campsite Washroom Facilities
As the long summer season draws to a close, the quieter autumn months provide an ideal opportunity for routine maintenance, upgrades and complete refurbishments to your campsite washroom facilities.
However, ahead of the works, late summer is an ideal time to assess your washrooms. Whether you’re planning some thorough annual maintenance, looking to upgrade some of your features, or going for a complete refurbishment, now is the time to start planning, enabling you to make the most of the quieter months ahead.
Assessing your washrooms and monitoring areas of wear and tear is essential. Look to see how the hinges and locks are holding up. If two or more are getting tired or need replacing, it may be a good idea to replace all these items throughout your complex. The same goes for leaky taps. Flooring is often an area that goes overlooked until there is a noticeable problem, which can often be to late to repair. Areas where water sits and pools are an obvious point of attention and need to be addressed to prevent them getting worse. With tiled floor and wall areas, inspect the grouting for mould and general deterioration. If they look like they might need re-grouting, this can be scheduled in advance for autumn, or be done area by area to avoid disruption in busy, year-round campsites.
Additional features and upgrades
Whilst your washrooms are still being used intensively, take time to monitor them and see how campsite visitors are using them. This may highlight areas where you could improve the usability of your facilities. For example, would additional shelving by the wash basins, or a deeper countertop be helpful to users shaving or brushing their teeth? Would another shaver socket be beneficial? Is there enough changing space outside of the showering area?
On top of the usability aspect, there may be able to streamline your campsite washing facilities in other ways. Switching to economic hand dryers may be more cost effective than paper towels and eliminates the need to keep paper towel dispensers topped up. Changing taps to sensor or push taps reduces the risk of flooding and accidental damage from taps being left on, but can also deliver huge savings on water usage. This can also be said for converting urinals to be waterless. This system of waterless urinals removes the need for them to be connected to mains water, but still leaves them connected to mains drainage as standard. A clever cartridge is fitted in the opening of the urinal that prevents bad smells.
Sometimes, washrooms just need a complete overhaul and in those instances, it is best to completely reassess how your washrooms are working. Perhaps your campsite has seen a dramatic increase in users since the current washroom was installed? With campsite washroom refurbishments, there are a few areas of particular importance to think on before choosing the fancy colour-ways and swanky new taps.
Is the drainage up to the job?
If you need to add additional toilets, showers and washbasins to accommodate an increased number of users, then be sure to have the drainage system assessed by a specialist. More people = more water + more waste. The last thing you want to happen after installing new facilities, is to find your drains are backing up or can’t handle the flow of water. Often, in this case, the sad conclusion is that a lot of your new flooring and wall coverings will need to be ripped up to correct the problem. Drainage should be you’re first point of attention for complete washroom refurbishments and be done ahead of all other works.
Laying new flooring
The floor of your washroom sees more use and wear than any other area. For this reason, you need to consider the most durable and effective floor covering. Non-slip safety flooring is a great idea, particularly as campsite washrooms can’t always be monitored and at peak times with people coming in and out of the showers, or on rainy days, the washroom floor can become quite wet. Safety flooring, therefore, is a very sensible idea and can also be integrated into the shower area, still leaving you free to be creative with the waterproof wall coverings. However, if you really do prefer floor tiles, then look for those that are designed to be non-slip.
Don't forget storage & supplies
Most often, the campsite washroom facility is a stand alone block and it’s important to remember all the cleaning items, loo rolls, paper towels, hand soap and toiletries that are likely to need topping up at least once daily. With all this in mind, it’s a good idea not to overlook on-site storage. The job of caretaking can be arduous enough without having to ferry supplies across a campsite, particularly when it’s raining. Make the washroom block work for you and incorporate that storage cupboard.
Durability & vandal resistant options
You’ll naturally want your washrooms to be as highly durable as possible and steps need to be put in place for accidental damage and vandalism. There are many stainless steel options available from wash basins and urinals through to toilet pans and shower furniture. It’s a good idea to conceal all pipework and integrated plumbing system (IPS) wall panels are a great way of doing this. Sensor and push taps significantly reduce the risk of flooding and showers and baths can be fitted with filling controls that only allow a set amount of water to pass through them when activated.
Disabled access & RADAR locks
In disabled access washrooms on a campsite, it's important to install the correct grab rails, which can be purchased easily in a Doc M pack. If you are looking to upgrade your disabled facilities to include showering, then further grab rails, transfer space and drop down shower seating will need to be thought through and installed too. This can be dealt with easily by purchasing a Doc M Shower Pack.
If you have a designated disabled access washroom, the last thing you want is for it to be misused. The RADAR lock system is a great way of ensuring only those in need of the disabled washroom can use it. These locks are approved by the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation. Only registered blind and disabled users can access these washrooms with their RADAR key. By installing these locks on your disabled washroom, it prevents them being misused and needing additional cleaning and maintenance.