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Frequently Asked Questions about Portable Toilet Rentals
Can I rent a porta potty for just one day?
Will the porta potties be clean for my event?
How far in advance do I need to reserve a portable toilet?
Where does the waste go after it has been pumped?
How do you keep the water from freezing in the tanks in colder temperatures?
Am I required to have a portable toilet on my job site?
What is the frequency of service on my portable toilet?
What happens if my portable toilet gets tipped over?
What is the "damage waiver for my portable toilet?"
What can be done if my unit is in an area of high wind or vandalism?
Does a portable restroom on my construction job site really cut down on expenses and time?
What are the guidelines for the ADA restrooms?
Where can you place my portable toilet?
How do you cut down on the odors and germs within the portable unit?
How much does it cost to rent a portable toilet?
Yes! Our Deluxe portable toilets or porta potty are great for weekend parties, or even a one day party. It is always best to call at least two days prior to your event to ensure proper delivery times of your porta potty.
Yes! Our Deluxe portable toilets are reserved only for special events and parties, and have never been at a construction site.
During peak times of the year we often sell out of our portable toilets, porta potties and restroom trailers. To ensure we can service you it is best to make your reservation as far in advance as possible. At a minimum it is best to place your order for portable toilet service at least 48 hours in advance. For large special events or job sites, a week or more lead time is advisable. For urgent needs we are often able to deliver toilets the same day for an extra delivery charge.
The waste water from your porta potty is taken to local waste water facilities and disposed of according to the regulations, procedures and sanitary conditions required by the facilities.
United Site Services has experimented with several different ecologically friendly anti-freeze options to keep the water from freezing in the tanks during the winter months in northern locations. The anti-freeze is mixed in with the deodorizing water that is placed in the tank and works to keep the water fluid and unfrozen during the colder temperatures of the year. All products used are acceptable to our waste water facilities.
Most city ordinances specifically spell out the requirement of a portable toilet on a construction site and inspectors will require that a porta potty is ordered and either placed on site or on its way before approving the inspection. In addition, OSHA requires a portable toilet on a construction site under the Safety and Health Regulations for a Construction (1923.51 (c) (1), 1926.51 (c) (3), (I), (ii), (iii), (iv) ). For information regarding specific city or country ordinances contact the city where construction is occurring or your local United Site Services office.
We service portable toilets once per week. This is done to keep the units fully stocked, clean and sanitized. The fee for the toilet includes the rental and once a week service. We can provide service more frequently if required.
When a tip over of a portable toilet does occur we ask that our customers contact our office as soon as possible to report the incident. We will then dispatch a driver to come to the site and clean the unit or switch out the portable toilet with a replacement depending on the severity of the tip over.
United Site Services has adopted a damage waiver program as another service to help reduce your exposure to damages when renting a portable toilet or porta potty. The damage waiver is an optional provision, which will eliminate back charges for damages that occur as a result of accidents, vandalism or weather related problems.
This coverage protects you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You are covered for minor damage regardless of who caused the damage to the portable restroom. When you consider the costs for a replacement unit or equipment, the damage waiver is indeed a small price to eliminate the risk. Although the majority of our customers want the damage waiver, it is not mandatory. Ask your customer service representative about details on declining the damage waiver. By declining the waiver, you will accept full responsibility for any damage other than normal wear and tear.
Upon request in some areas, United Site Services may offer uniquely designed stakes that fit securely over the four skids on each side of the unit to anchor the unit securely to the ground, eliminating the problem of your portable restroom rental being tipped over in areas of high wind.
By providing a portable restroom on your job site you can reduce the distance employees must travel to use a restroom as well as the time employees must spend searching for an alternative facility because no close restroom has been provided. The following chart was developed in a study conducted by the Portable Sanitation Association International (PSAI).
The annual cost of 10 minutes of wasted toilet time per employee, per day:
|Hourly Rate||5 Employees||10 Employees|
Formula: Hourly Rate divided by 60 Minutes Per Hour x 10 Minutes x Number of Employees
x 255 Days Per Year.
For more information regarding this study, please contact the Portable Sanitation Association International at 1-800-822-3020.
United Site Services offers portable wheelchair restrooms that are ADA compliant for use on a construction site, commercial area, or special event in some areas. Where available, our ADA units are large enough and obtain the proper elements to meet the standards that have been outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Specifically, the statute states that for single user portable toilets clustered at a single location, at least 5% but no less than one toilet unit shall be installed at each cluster whenever typical inaccessible units are provided. Accessible units shall also be identified by the International Symbol of Accessibility. The exception is that if portable toilet units are used exclusively by construction personnel who to not require the use of an ADA unit, you are not required to comply with this statute. (Federal Register/Vol. 56, No. 144/July 26, 1991/ Rules and Regulations/ 4.1.2 Accessible Site and Exterior Facilities: New Construction). For the complete set of ADA guidelines relating to portable restrooms, please contact our office or view our Regulations page.
We will place your porta-johns at your event or on your job site per your instruction. We will make every reasonable attempt to accommodate your wishes as to placement on the portable unit. However, we will relocate the unit or notify you if it becomes necessary so that is readily accessible for servicing. This ensures that our trucks, employees and equipment are not in danger or at risk.
United Site Services not only pumps out the holding tank and cleans the inner bowl of the unit but also provides meticulous janitorial service both inside and out. Our employees clean and sanitize the portable restrooms at each service which includes washing with soap and water. We also provide a special detergent in the water, which acts not only as a sanitizer but deodorizer as well to keep the unit smelling great while reducing exposure to germs.
There are a few factors to consider that can affect the total porta potty rental price. What is the length of my event, hours, days, weeks, months? The length of time the unit will actually be in use directly effects how many toilets you might need to order. Weekend event portable toilets and sinks are typically delivered on a Friday and picked up on Monday. Expect a surcharge or delivery fee for Saturday or Sunday deliveries. Consider your audience, will they feel more comfortable with flushable toilet? A flushable toilet will cost more than the non-flushable standard toilet. Keep in mind local laws and regulations, for large events you may need to rent ADA restrooms. The standards that have been outlined by the Americans with Disabilities Act state that for single user portable toilets clustered at a single location, at least 5% but no less than one toilet unit shall be installed at each cluster. If you are on a construction jobsite you will need to follow OSHA’s restroom requirements for the number of toilets needed on-site.