The Best Portable Toilets

Portable Toilets

What to consider when buying a portable toilet

  • How to get rid of the portable toilet waste? If you can arrange access to mains water and drainage services you will have very much more choice and economy to take advantage of. If it is not possible to connect to a septic tank or mains drain it will be necessary to select a “re-circulating chemical toilet” where the waste is stored in an integral tank which will be equipped with a “ventilating chimney” and the odor can usually be well controlled by the use of sanitizing chemical concentrate. This kind of toilet will require regular servicing – the frequently asked question is “how frequently” to which the obvious answer has to be “it depends upon usage”. Unless a toilet is to be used frequently by 10 or more people a “rule of thumb” is to allow for it to be pumped out and cleaned/serviced on a monthly basis. If use of the toilet is minimal look out for a “self servicing toilet” which will be a plastic cabin fitted with a cassette style toilet with a detachable waste tank which can be carried to a domestic style toilet and emptied.
  • What space is available for your portable toilet? Remember that the conventional plastic portable toilet is usually a meter or more wide and around 2.3m tall so will not go through a normal doorway. If this presents a problem ask the supplier if they will assemble your toilet on site, which can be done relatively easily with the aid of a hand riveting gun and a few small tools. You should also consider whether there is sufficient facility for access by a service vehicle to pump out and service the toilet. Most “gully sucker” or vacuum pumping contractors will carry up to 100m of suction hose with their vehicles.
  • If you are considering a larger portable toilet cabin you will need to arrange for level concrete footings to be laid for the jacklegs to sit on. Ask the supplier to give you a Floor Plan and Pad Drawings so you can arrange for the footings to be installed in the correct position. For toilet cabins you should also consider whether there is sufficient access for anything up to an articulated lorry with mobile crane to approach in order to lift the cabin to its designated position? Your supplier will be able to assist you with all these preparation tasks.
  • Should I purchase a new or second hand portable toilet? There will always be a lively market for both the purchase and sale of second hand toilets, and more so after the 2012 Olympics are over and thousands of temporary toilets are released for sale as second hand units. But be careful, because the difference in price between new and used may not be worth taking the risk unless you have seen what you are considering purchasing or know the vendor by reputation. Remember that, historically, one major source of second hand toilets has been the construction industry where toilets have had a lot of use in an exposed environment. This may be an excellent source for your second hand toilet if heavy use is anticipated, but perhaps less so if you are seeking to impress your customers.
  • Should I be looking for a standard or luxury portable toilet? In most cases a good quality standard toilet unit or cabin will be perfectly adequate, but increasingly in many U.K. service industries there is a need to capture the attention and interest of the customer or client for an extended period of time. Typical examples are Fun Parks and Farm Parks for Children and Garden Centers, all of which will frequently provide restaurant facilities together with supporting toilets to keep their customers on site for as long as possible. As with the majority of public toilets in the U.K. the trend over the past 30 years has been to improve the quality of sanitary facilities to the point that a luxury toilet facility is often now used to entice customers to spend their time at one location rather than another.
  • Should I purchase or rent my portable toilet? If a single portable toilet or Toilet Block is required for an extended period of time it is invariably cheaper to purchase, because you are cutting out the “cost of money” aspect which will be built into the hire price to reward an investor. However, there are Finance institutions that specialise in providing “lease purchase” finance allowing payment for your toilet or Toilet Block over a deferred term, so ask your supplier to put you in contact with any source of Finance they can recommend.

How Many Times Can a Portable Toilet be Used Before Emptying?

Portable toilets are temporary waste facilities which are typically used in athletic events, festivals, parades and on construction sites. These portable facilities are a necessary convenience for attendees and laborers.

Waste facilities come in various sizes. There are chemical toilets, mobile toilets and porta-potties. Chemical toilets are generally small, fitted inside water going vessels or motor homes. Mobile toilets are increasingly more popular. These facilities are generally situated on a large trailer and towed from one location to another. Mobile toilets are generally used in outdoor concerts and state fairs.

What materials are used to build portable toilets?

The most common material is fiberglass. Fiberglass is often used for several reasons. Chief among the reasons is being light weight. Other advantages of fiberglass is its durability and ease of cleaning. Fiberglass can be cleaned more easily than other materials. Plastics are generally used inside the facility for the seat and fixtures. Plastics are used for the same reasons fiberglass: light in weight and ease of cleaning.

The bottom of portable toilets are generally constructed of a wood frame. The frame slightly elevates the facility off the ground. The wood bottom provides enough weight to stabilize the facility, making it more comfortable for users.

How do portable toilets work?

Portable toilets most often work on gravity. While some do connect to an external water and/or drain source, the majority simply make use of gravity. As organic waste is deposited into the waste receptacle, the weight of the waste carries it down a soil pipe and into a containment bin. Inside the containment bin are various chemicals. These chemicals both break down the waste and neutralize odors. The waste is later drained from the containment bin and the facility sanitized for future use.

Who makes portable toilets?

Portable toilets are fabricated by a number of chemical toilet manufacturers. Often these chemical toilet manufacturers produce several different sizes and types of portable toilets.

How are portable toilets emptied?

On some models, the containment bin under the seat can removed. The waste is then discarded. The containment bin is sanitized and replaced. Other models are emptied via drain hose. The drain or siphon hose is connected to a drain located on the portable toilet. The waste is then forced or sucked out of the containment bin. Once empty, the containment bin is then replenished with chemicals.

How many times can a portable toilet be used before emptying?

This largely depends on the size of the facility itself. The typical sized portable toilet usually found at concerts, sporting events and construction sites hold between 50 and 60 gallon tanks. These portable toilets are good for 90 to 100 uses before having to be emptied. Depending on number of users and the amount of portable toilets available, the average time of use is approximately 6 hours until full.

Regardless of the size of the portable toilets and crowd, rental of any units should only be done through a company with extensive experience. The company should not only be able to provide for your needs, but able to observe all associated health regulations.

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