Frequently Asked Questions
Porta potties are a great solution for jobsites and outdoor events. They’re a convenient and relatively inexpensive solution, but one downside is the odor that’s associated with portable toilets. You might think this is unavoidable, but the fact is that proper ventilating for a porta potty can make all the difference.
The average lifespan of a porta potty is around 10 years, and a lot can happen in that decade. There are many types of portable toilets. Just a few include luxury trailers, toilets with baby changing tables, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant toilets, and more
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.
The blue liquid you find in the bottom of a portable toilet is a really, really powerful deodorizer with disinfectant properties meant to help combat the smells that are produced in a portable restroom. Portable restroom providers add that blue liquid to keep the restrooms smelling fresh over time.
The general rule of thumb for porta potties in consistent locations (like those on construction sites and at parks) is that they should be pumped out once a week.
Emptying a cassette toilet is really easy. Unclip the waste tank from the fresh flushing tank (slightly different on each model but evident once you see one). Unscrew the lid from the drainage pipe on the toilet and empty waste into the drain at the service point.
In most cases it is better to dispose of the waste to a foul sewer at sites specially designed to do this. Most permanent campsites and caravan sites usually have a chemical toilet disposal point.
The trucks will go to an authorized sanitation cleaning facility that will treat the waste safely and sanitarily. Many times the company that you rent the porta potties from will have partnerships with sanitation companies that can take care of the waste removal.
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