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  • Four Facts About Portable Toilets You Need To Know
    Four Facts About Portable Toilets You Need To Know Nov 21, 2022
    Portable toilets, or commonly known as Porta-Potties, are similar to toilets we use daily at our homes but the only difference is they are transportable. Due to their lightweight and efficiency, they are preferred in outdoor events such as concerts, fairs, camping facilities, construction sites, and wherever traditional restrooms are not accessible or nonefficient. Keep reading to find out 5 new facts about portable toilets. Flushed toilets were made way before portable toilets were invented According to Smithsonian, the flushed toilet was invented in 1596 but wasn't used much until 1851. Where modern porta-potties were invented in the 1940s to increase efficiency in dock loading work. For a 4 hour event, 1 porta-potty is enough for 50 people The number of portable toilets needed in any event is dependant on many factors. Type of the event, number of people, alcohol and food consumption, the length of the event, women to men ratio are some of these factors. If you are renting porta-potties for a construction site, there should be one portable toilet for 10 construction workers. But for special events, one for women and one for men is sufficient. Also, handicapped toilet options should be available at all events. For a 4 hour event, a general rule is to have one portable toilet for 50 people. And if there is alcohol consumption in the event, the number of portable toilets should increase 10-20%. A portable toilet is cleaned once a week – and of course, it depends on the usage The maintenance interval mostly depends on the usage rate. But commonly, a portable toilet is cleaned once a week. Cleaning properly and on time is important for our health and safety. If the toilets smell, that means the toilet is not maintained properly and the spread of the diseases becomes easier. Therefore, for better waste management, working with a certified and regulated company is the best way to maintain safe toilets. There are also regulations in some countries due to chemicals used in portable toilets for sanitation purposes. Thus, these hazardous wastes in the toilet tank should be disposed of carefully and according to the local regulations. Portable toilets are safe during Covid-19 If they are cleaned properly, their structure allows less spread of Covid-19 which makes them safer than the common toilets we use. Besides the fact that many portable toilets are cleaned by regulated companies in strict time intervals, the chemicals used in the portable toilets kill all the bacteria and viruses including Covid-19 which makes portable toilets safer for people during this time. Portable toilets cannot be flushed and that makes them healthier than regular toilets. Not flushing prevents spreading the diseases to the air.
  • How To Starting A Portable Toilet Business
    How To Starting A Portable Toilet Business Nov 24, 2022
    Although there may not be many of us who spend time contemplating the business of portable restrooms or porta-potties, they are a part of modern life and a very good source of income for hard-working entrepreneurs seeking financial success. Starting a portable toilet company is no easy endeavor, and careful preparation on several fronts is necessary in order to be successful. Find The Right Portable Toilet Supplier No matter where you may reside, as a portable toilet entrepreneur you can start by seeking out the best supplier for your line. When comparing portable toilet manufacturers, there are three factors that should be taken into consideration. They are: product, customer service and company intangibles. Product Obviously, the toilets themselves must meet standard criteria. The most common is the Standard Unit, which is commonly seen in construction sites. They are durable and built to specifically provide adequate ventilation and to withstand both harsh weather conditions and the chemicals used for cleaning. Enhanced Access Units are larger because they accommodate wheelchairs. Equipped with handrails and sometimes baby-changing stations, these appeal to families with small children. Restroom trailers stand apart from other types because they are meant to create a "homey" bathroom experience. Equipped with multiple stalls, urinals and showers, if this is the desired specialty, an entrepreneur must dig a bit deeper for a supplier because not all of them deal with restroom trailers. One important benefit associated with selecting a portable toilet manufacturer is the pride felt about using locally made products. A "Made in China" sticker is a warm and fuzzy welcome as well as a symbol of quality and durability. A top portable toilet manufacturer will offer porta-potties with quality parts and features some of which include: corners that are strong and can accommodate frequent handling and strapping for transport; doors that don't sag and close firmly and top-of-the-line components that include everything from the smallest pieces of toilet seat hardware to larger elements, such as unit side panels. Customer Service Whomever you purchase your portable toilets from, be sure to inquire about, and thoroughly research, their customer service performance and policies. While product certainly matters, customer satisfaction often correlates with business results, growth and sustainability. If you want to be in the business for the long haul, you want a company with a dependable track record. Those that prioritize customer service usually win in the end, and never forget; that applies to your portable toilet service business as well. Company Intangibles By definition, company intangibles cannot be physically touched. Assessing their worth is often difficult because their value is long-term and cannot be precisely delineated in the same manner as land, vehicles, equipment, and inventory. They include aspects such as: a good reputation, experience and expertise, brand recognition and intellectual property, including: patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Be sure to get your portable toilet company off on the right foot from the very beginning! Do your homework and consider options carefully, and above all else. Topindus will be your most trusted portable toilets manufacturer in China.
  • 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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