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  • Portable Toilet VS Restroom Trailer
    Portable Toilet VS Restroom Trailer Nov 14, 2022
    If you are setting up a construction site, hosting a special event, planning a festival, or other types of outdoor events, providing access to the necessary facilities is an important consideration. Many people choose place based on access to restrooms and hand washing, but this is not always feasible at venues such as a construction site, park, or other specific place that you want to use for your special occassion. Luckily, you can work with a supplier to have portable toilets or restroom trailers brought to your place. Here are some ideas to help you decide the best option. When your place lacks adequate indoor restrooms for employees or guests, you can choose between portable toilets and restroom trailers. A portable toilet, commonly known as a porta potty, is a very rudimentary structure made of plastic that houses a chemical or flushable toilet. With this type of design, the small, plastic structure serves as the stall for the toilet. Some porta potties have plastic urinals next to the toilet. Portable restroom rentals have better aesthetics than porta potties, as well as more amenities, such as individual stalls, climate controls, flush toilets, sinks with running water, and vanities with mirrors. The trailers offer convenience, as well as many of the features that are found in household and public restrooms. With a portable toilet, a holding tank is located just below the seat of the toilet, and chemicals are used to control odors, reduce bacteria growth, and break down waste. A portable restroom trailer has a flushable toilet to move waste to a holding tank that is located outside of the trailer. Typical Uses for a Portable Toilet Rental Portable toilet rentals are typically used for sites where aesthetics is not important and only basic comfort is required, such as construction sites, roadside stops on highways, and public parks that are away from standard plumbing and electrical lines. Many people also use a portable toilet for large events to provide attendees with a facility for using the restroom. Typical Uses for a Restroom Trailer Rental a restroom trailer is ideal for outdoor venues where comfort, convenience, and aesthetics are important, such as a wedding, festival, family reunion, employee retreat, or customer appreciation event. A restroom trailer rental helps your guests feel at ease when using the facilities, and you can find luxury portable restroom trailers with more than one stall to accommodate the total number of people at your event. Advantages of Using a Portable Toilet The primary advantages of a small, portable toilet are budget and space. The units are typically very affordable and have footprints that easily fit into venues that are limited on space. You can line them up side-by-side to prevent long lines. Disadvantages of a Portable Toilet The primary disadvantage of porta johns is that they are much harder to keep clean. Even if your guests or employees exercise caution, accidents do happen. The interior of a portable toilet can become stained and filled with dirty toilet paper. This allows for people to be exposed to germs, bacteria, and viruses. This is especially true for portable toilets that don't include a sink or a way to hook up hoses for running water. Another disadvantage of a portable toilet is that it's harder to keep the holding tank's odor in check, especially on warm days: It needs more maintenance to be kept clean and hygienic. Ventilation in a porta john relies on air coming through small openings in the door and sides of the structure. Porta potties also have no electricity for interior lighting or outlets. Advantages of Using a Restroom Trailer Luxury portable restrooms provide all the comfort that you need for your guests or employees, from small gatherings to large events. The interior of a restroom trailer has stalls with flushable toilets, sinks, running water for hand washing, air conditioning and heating, and paper products. If you are having a multi-day event in a remote area, you can even find restroom trailers with showers, as well as trailers for hand washing. ADA compliance is another advantage of luxury restroom trailers. Vendors offer luxury restroom trailers for people with limited mobility that have exterior ramps, open interior spaces, grip bars, and lower vanities for guests and employees who are in wheelchairs or have limited mobility. Disadvantages of a Restroom Trailer If you are looking for toilet rental options based solely on budget and space, restroom trailers do have some disadvantages. Compared to a standard porta john, a full-service restroom trailer may cost more. Additionally, offering a restroom trailer rental for your guests and employees to use during your event does require more space than a standard portable toilet. Do You Need a Portable Toilet or Restroom Trailer? When you are deciding between a portable john and a mobile restroom trailer, you should look at the issue from the perspective of your guests or employees. Weddings, family reunions, employee events, customer events, and other outdoor events where you want to impress people and give them the utmost comfort are probably best served with luxury restroom trailers. A portable toilet is better for situations in which you just need to provide a very basic facility, such as construction sites and roadside stops during races. When it comes to a large event, you should consider your budget and the amount of space at the venue. The supplier can help you decide if you have room for a portable restroom trailer or just a few portable johns. How to Select the Right Type and Size of Portable Toilet In order to avoid long lines of people waiting to use the restroom facilities at your event, you should plan to have at least one porta potty for every 100 people. If you are serving alcohol, add some extra porta potty rentals. You may also want to have separate mobile restrooms for men and women. The stall design is the same for each, but many units have urinals in the men’s section. Additionally, most women simply feel more comfortable when they know that a porta potty has only been used by people of the same gender. How to Select the Right Type and Size of Restroom Trailer Because restroom trailers offer more than just toilets for your guests and employees, you need to have more available at your outdoor venue. A good guideline to determine your rental needs is to have one toilet stall per 25 people. You may also want to have a sink trailer onsite for people who just need to freshen up and wash their hands, but not use the bathroom. This helps to prevent long lines at large gatherings and events. If the duration of your event covers two days or longer, include at least one shower trailer in your plans for restroom rentals. Amenities in Each Type of Trailer Luxury restroom trailers come with many standard amenities, such as sinks, running hot and cold water, hand sanitizer, toilet paper dispensers, paper towels, soap, climate control, deodorizers, and interior lighting. In addition to the standard amenities, you can find portable luxury restrooms with other features. For men, you can rent a portable restroom trailer with stall toilets and urinals. Bunk trailers are the ultimate in luxury for your guests and workers at remote job sites. These include private entries, sleeping areas, and televisions. Using bunk trailers and shower trailers is a great combination for situations that require people to remain onsite for extended periods, such as disaster relief efforts, multi-day sports events, and more. If I have a small outdoor venue, is a portable toilet my only option? You can find smaller luxury restroom trailers that fit well into any setting. The trailers have two toilet stalls, two sinks, and one urinal. In comparison, two portable toilets would take up about the same space when you consider the room needed outside for people to wait in line. How easy is it to clean a portable toilet compared to a restroom trailer? Due to the cramped interior space and lack of amenities inside a porta potty, these facilities often get dirty pretty fast. Cleaning the interior requires using hoses to rinse it down with water. With a luxury portable restroom trailer, interiors tend to stay cleaner because people have access to trash bins. You can clean the interior much the same way that you clean at home. The vendor may also include routine cleaning during your event as part of the service. Is a portable toilet or luxury restroom trailer easier to set up on site? Portable toilets require a few inches of space between each unit, and the ground must be level. Otherwise, you risk spilling the contents of the holding tanks. Luxury restroom trailers can fit into just about any space, and you get multiple toilets within the footprint. Additionally, the trailer has adjustments to level the unit, so you don’t have to level out the ground. If you would like more information to help you decide if a portable toilet or restroom trailer is best for your worksite or outdoor event, submit a quote inquiry, or you can browse to learn more about our products and services. Or, contact us to get answers to your specific questions.
  • What Is a Chemical Toilet?
    What Is a Chemical Toilet? Nov 30, 2022
    If you have attended a large outdoor event, you may have seen a porta potty bank or a sitting of portable toilets, which is an arrangement of many portable toilets. A chemical toilet is a portable toilet that collects human waste in a reusable holding tank and relies on chemicals to reduce the foul odor. It uses a small holding tank that requires regular emptying once full of human excreta, usually pumped into a treatment plant or a sanitary sewer. In this article, we cover some of the essential aspects of chemical toilets, like where they are used, how much they cost, and what their advantages are. What are the Advantages of Chemical Toilets? Despite their extensive usage of environmentally harsh chemicals, chemical toilets have several advantages. Let's cover some of these benefits below. Portability Perhaps portability is the number one great win for chemical toilets. Their portability owes to the fact that they are not connected to any plumbing system. It's also attributable to their lightweight nature, making it easy to lift them around and install them anywhere outdoors. Restroom trailers, also known as luxury restroom trailers or portable restrooms, are advanced chemical toilets with enhanced portability and other luxury features. They are mounted on trailer platforms with wheels and can be pulled by a vehicle, making moving them more manageable. Self-containment Although not all chemical toilets are self-contained, most modern models come with a toilet seat, urinal, toilet tissue compartment, hand wash sink, mirrors, exterior and interior lighting, soap dispenser, and flushing mechanism. Such comprehensively stocked chemical portable toilets offer users an all-in-one service whenever they need to answer the call of nature in outdoor gatherings. Ease of Use and Cleaning A chemical mobile toilet is easy to use, just like the standard indoor toilet unit. The toilet bowl and urinal guide the waste matter, toilet paper, and urine into the waste holding tank, where the human waste collects until the tank is full and ready for emptying and replacement. The cleaning process for the portable toilet facility is easy. The chemical additives act as a deodorizer to minimize the unpleasant odours caused by multiplying bacteria. The toilet additives also act as disinfectants. Since the full holding tanks are emptied into a vacuum truck, cleaning them is easy once they are rid of the human waste. What's more, you don't have to worry about the cleaning because most chemical toilet renting companies offer waste disposal and cleaning services.
  • How do Porta-Potties Work?
    How do Porta-Potties Work? Feb 01, 2023
    You see them (and have used them) at festivals, fairs, and outdoor areas, but do you know how porta-potties work? Porta-potties are a staple at any large outdoor event. In construction, they are required by law to be placed on job sites. These portable loos provide convenient access to a restroom, prevent contamination of the site, and help workers remain focused and comfortable on the job. While they aren't very pretty, porta-potties do get points for being functional and inexpensive to rent. They also save a lot of water – an estimated 45 million gallons a year – and they're better than squatting it out on a construction site. So, how do porta-potties work? Here's how they help you do your duty. Portable Toilet Design A porta-potty – also called a portable toilet, chemical toilet, or porta-john – consists of a translucent roof, vents, and a high-density body made of aluminum and polyethylene. On the inside of the compartment, there is a non-splash urinal, toilet seat, holding tank (usually 60 gallons), and a non-slip floor to prevent any messy accidents. Some units also contain a flushing mechanism and pressure system that help circulate water and chemicals inside the tank. Unlike outhouses, porta-potties are not connected to any plumbing or sewage and their primary purpose is to hold waste temporarily until it can be disposed of by a professional sanitation team. What is the Chemical Used Inside Portable Toilets? While there is no universal formula for the chemical inside a porta-potty, the five main ingredients inside that blue swamp are: Water Blue Dye Fragrance Surfactants Biocides and enzymes Dye is mixed into water to help hide the appearance of waste. Blue chemicals are the standard because they turn green after mingling with enough waste, indicating to workers that the chemicals inside are no longer effective and should be replaced. Fragrances are used to mask some of the foul smell. Bubblegum and cherry are two of the most commonly used scents. Surfactants placed in the concoction also help the fragrances dissolve better in water, helping the scent spread more uniformly throughout the unit. Biocides and enzymes are used in most modern porta-potty units is comprised of enzymes and microbes that feed on the odor-causing bacteria in human waste and speed up the decomposition of organic matter, making disposal easier later on. Porta-Potties and Weather While porta-potties are usually effective, weather can compromise them. Hotter temperatures can intensify odors emitted by waste bacteria, causing them to stink up the unit more quickly. To combat this, operators bump up the chemical-to-water ratio in the summer. While a porta-potty unit contains vents and can also reflect light to help reduce heat, it is also wise to move the unit to an area with less direct light and where there is more natural airflow. When weather is colder, on the other hand, a salty brine must be added to the chemical tank in order to prevent it from freezing. To do so, porta-potties include a clever salt-emission tool: as porta-potty patrons use the urinal, a cake of rock salt releases more brine into the tank to lower the freezing point of the chemical solution and prevent the formation of frozen excrement (which, needless to say, would make cleaning very difficult). How are Porta-Potties Emptied? Because they are self-containing, the waste in porta-potties needs to be removed by very dedicated people. On an average day, a sanitation worker will service 40 to 50 units, and porta-potties are cleaned on a weekly basis or approximately once every 100 uses. To empty the unit’s bowels, sanitation workers connect a vacuum directly to the holding tank or output hole if the unit has one. The vacuum suctions the waste into a large tanker truck that is equipped with a waste storage unit and a smaller freshwater tank. Once the waste is removed, workers fill the porta-potty holding tank with some fresh water, dye, and an enzyme solution. They then spray the walls, floors, seats, and urinals to clear bacteria and any doo that might have splashed around. Paper towels, toilet paper, hand sanitizers, and other supplies are restocked. The tanker truck then delivers the waste to a municipal treatment plant to be disposed of along with the waste from traditional plumbing systems. Are Porta-Potties Safe? Porta-potties are safe to use for your waste disposal needs, but they do have a messy reputation. Almost 75 percent of users feel that porta-potties are not a clean solution. 95 percent refuse to make any contact with the seat. The truth is, many porta-potties look unsanitary because they are not properly maintained. While bacteria for illnesses such as norovirus, shigellosis, salmonella, and hepatitis A can be caught from portable toilets, any individual can avoid being affected with proper hygiene and a healthy immune system. Studies even show that you are more likely to catch disease-carrying germs during a picnic than while you are using a porta-potty. As with other things, you should be fine using a porta-potty as long as you follow common sanitation practices. How about the safety of the chemicals inside a porta-potty? While portable toilets used to contain formaldehyde, the same chemical used to preserve human tissue, it has become outlawed in many states due to its toxicity, which can be dangerous to human health and have negative effects on the environment. Today, porta-potties use biocides that are non-toxic in its diluted form. What to Consider Before buy a Porta-Potty Portable toilets come in many shapes, sizes, and features. When renting a porta-potty, there are a few important factors to consider. Type of Project or EventThe event type will help determine the correct kind of portable toilet and how much rental time you need. For example, you can choose from standard porta-potties or upgrade to “luxury” trailers and climate-controlled units based on the project. Number of PeopleThe general rule of thumb is that there should be one porta-potty for every 40 to 60 people – if it's for a construction site, that ratio should be higher at one unit for every 20 workers. LocationIf you have more land to cover, you'll need to rent more units. The proximity of the unit to your event or construction site will also affect the delivery and maintenance costs. MaintenanceDepending on the length of your event, more regular maintenance might be required to keep the porta-potties clean. You'll also want to confirm that the company you choose upholds appropriate sanitation standards. Portable toilets have come a long way over the years. Some units now have marble walls, porcelain seats, flushing systems, and sanitation amenities. The bottom line: porta-potties provide an effective, safe, and inexpensive way to take care of your business. Looking for on-site solutions for your next construction project? Topindus offers a variety of portable toilets.

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