The size, services and amenities of a hotel all feed into what the business requires. Larger resorts are likely to need more staff to serve guests, while resorts with guest-facing apps and keyless entries need more technological resources to support their efforts.
But then there are the common requirements that bind all hotel operations. Internet access should be available, noise should be monitored and controlled, rooms should be well maintained, and utilities should run at their optimal performance.
That leads us to the topic of water quality.
Poor water quality can have a universally negative impact on hotel operations—no matter their size, services and amenities. Not only does it introduce sanitation concerns, but low levels of pressure and a lack of hot water can also lead to complaints from guests both during and after their stay. (In an age when online reviews are estimated to affect 67.7% of purchasing decisions, this impact can be significant.)
So how do you ensure your hotel meet these needs? The choice of plumbing fittings is a particularly important step.
How Plumbing Fittings Impact Water Quality in Hotels
Safety is an absolute priority in hotel drinking water. When pathogens like Legionella contaminate the potable water supply and continue to spread throughout the system, guests can breathe in small droplets of water that include the bacteria or ingest them while drinking the water. This can cause symptoms like fever and muscle aches or, in more extreme cases, pneumonia.
Choosing plumbing fittings with materials suitable for use with drinking water—such as stainless steel, copper and copper alloys—helps combat this issue. It’s also essential the surfaces of products that will later come in contact with the water aren’t moistened during quality control tests, as microbiological contamination can otherwise occur.
Low water pressure is one of the most common plumbing problems hotels face. Whether it’s clogged pipes or water leaks at the heart of the issue, the majority of hotel rooms or certain pockets of a resort can find themselves with only a trickle of water at certain periods. That can put hotel staff in the unfortunate position of refunding frustrated guests or moving them to new rooms as needed.
That’s where plumbing fittings that cause much less flow resistance can be significantly useful. By enhancing water flow conditions, these systems assure proper pressure is supplied to all areas of the resort. This translates into fewer maintenance requests and a better experience for guests.
Many travelers demand water around the same times: the early morning or the late night. With multiple guests trying to use this resource at once, the hot water system can undergo significant strain. Numerous repairs may be required to recalibrate the system, which may ultimately lead to the expensive decision of replacing it as a whole.
One of the most effective means of controlling excessive heat loss in hot water systems is through insulation. In terms of design, grouping insulated pipes with similar temperatures in a single area helps decrease unwanted heat transfer and keep hot water hot.
Why Viega Is the Best Choice for Plumbing Fittings
Hotels are always on the lookout for ways to improve the guest experience. While adding new amenities and services can contribute to this, it’s some of the more basic operations like the health and quality of the water supply that play a defining role.
That’s why many resorts choose Viega plumbing fittings for their systems. The availability of press systems in multiple materials is combined with strict production and quality controls that ensure the integrity of the pipe fittings is maintained at every stage. Meanwhile, the design of the fittings ensures optimal water flow conditions and maintains the appropriate temperatures for safety and comfort.
To learn more about the use of Viega fittings in hotel-based projects, browse our project profiles.