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Floor drains may be susceptible to transmitting COVID-19

“The reason: Many commercial facilities are now closed. When they will open again is uncertain, which means the P-traps may evaporate, releasing vapors that can spread the virus, according to Waterless CO., Inc.

Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless CO., Inc, says building owners and managers can take the following steps to prevent these evaporation issues:

– Ensure all commercial kitchens and restrooms remain well-ventilated during the pandemic.

– If possible, have building engineers wearing personal protective equipment pour a small amount of water in every building drain every week.

– Do not use bleach or any chemicals, as the goal is not to clean the drains, but to keep the P-trap full.

– Pour liquid primers into all drains just one time during the closure of the building.

When it’s time to re-open the facilities, water and liquid primer should be poured into all drains again, just to be safe, says Reichardt.”

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While many restaurants offer curbside, take-out, or delivery services; dine-in options remain limited across the U.S. Because of this it’s likely that many business owners aren’t properly maintaining their facilities and drains as they normally would. As you’ve read above, these vapors can potentially be hazardous and pose a safety risk that could cause COVID-19 cases to rise again.

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