Plumbing and water usage is critical for any salon or spa. Without ready access to ample amounts of water of the right temperature, a salon or spa wouldn’t last long. And of course, water rates are always a factor. They continue to rise over the last several decades at unprecedented rates.
First of all, you will need the correct line or pipe diameter in order to supply ample water to reach several water outlets throughout your facility. These areas include multiple shampoo bowls, bathroom facilities, a sink for the color dispensary, a kitchen sink, and a possible dishwasher, laundry facilities, plus any needs for spa facilities such as showers, tubs, sinks or pedicure stations. Having to dig up the floor and route new plumbing for any of these water outlets can be very costly.
It’s advised to place all plumbing within common walls as much as possible. The further away from the primary water inlet and sewer access you need to run plumbing, the more expensive the renovations become. These long spans of piping, plus any added water outlets also can affect your overall water pressure. In addition to an ample supply of water and good water pressure throughout your facility, you’ll also require access to plenty of hot water, meaning that you’ll need an efficient industrial water heater.
Unlike most businesses, salons, barbershops, and spas rely on a steady and constant stream of hot water throughout the day.
There are two main identifying characteristics of commercial water heaters: storage capacity and input.
First, you’ll need to identify the specific hot water requirements of your business — dishwashers, washing machines, sinks, etc.
- Your peak hours
- Your geographic location for possible seasonal impacts
- Physical footprint limitations and venting requirements and/or restrictions
There’s a wide variety of water heater models with different gallon capacities and energy inputs because each combination of these factors produces different results.
A water heater professional can calculate the type of water heater models, necessary BTUs, plus gallon capacity, and physical size of the specific water heater you will need for your salon or spa.
How Much Water is Actually Used in Salons?
The hot water load in a barber shop is not unlike that of a salon, rather it’s calculated the same way. Although less water is generally used to wash a man’s hair – than a woman’s – more high-temperature hot water is used for hot-towels, and it offsets the other.
Approximately 16 gallons of 100-degree water are used per head – representing almost 10 gallons of 140-degree water (Fahrenheit). In fact, AO Smith states it is possible under periods of peak operation – for each sink to use approximately 75 gallons of 140-degree Fahrenheit water per hour.
Water Conservation Through Hydro Route Technology
Unfortunately, the DEP’s measuring system imperfect. And whether you are a residential or commercial property owner, water meters measure not only water – but excessive air – comprising the volume in your pipes.
Water rates continue to increase year over year. We all want to do our part to save water, as well cut down on our monthly expenses. If you own a salon, there are smart valves you can use – The Hydro Route Water Confinement System saves the average business nearly 30% off their monthly water bill. Using it with a business so heavily reliant on steady water use and volume like a car wash, salon or spa, a hydro route valve installation makes sense. As you know, water rates aren’t exactly going down year over year.
Capacity Versus Recovery Rate
When operating at peak demand for your salon, you need enough hot water at the ready. When all your hot water sources are turned on simultaneously at full blast and set to hot, this is called dump load. Measured in gallons per hour (GPH), the dump load is the number of gallons of hot water your salon requires at peak demand. The next important factor with regard to water heaters the hourly input, which determines the recovery rate. The hourly output is how many gallons of hot water the water heater can produce per hour, based on the starting and ending water temperatures.
In addition, smaller-capacity tanks capacities will deplete and refill faster than larger tanks, and they’ll do so more frequently. That’s why finding the right balance between capacity and recovery is so important. Without sizing to correct dump load requirements, you run the risk of running out of hot water during your busiest business hours, according to industry professionals.