Everything you Need to Know About Renting a Porta Potty
Porta potty renting may seem intimidating, but it is quite actually a quick and easy process that almost anyone can do. All you have to do is, contact the porta potty rental company, and schedule for the date you need. But in order to get the most bang for your buck, you want to understand a few things first.
Our Porta Potty guide will help you fully understand porta potties, you will know the different types, prices, what to look for, and how to rent them. We will make sure you are fully informed so that your rental experience will go smoothly.
Porta potties serves a simple function.
They give you privacy, a place to use the restroom when nature calls, and they are made so that they can be placed almost anywhere.
Where are porta potties useful?
Porta potties are often underrated, and not often thought of as a luxury. Sure, the purpose they serve is just to relieve yourself, but what if they weren’t there at your favorite festival or construction site? Where would you go, and what would you do?
Here are some places where porta potties are used.
- Music Festivals
- Farmers Markets
- Movie Set
- Constructions Sites
- Homes with broken plumbing
- Sporting Events
- Tailgate events
- Corporate Parties
What does a standard porta potty come with?
In a basic porta potty, the features that they will come with the urinal, the toilet, anti-slip floors, a translucent roof for lighting, ventilation slots, and a door with a hasp, so you can lock up the porta potty when not in use. There are many other optional features you can get depending on what the company offers. Some of these features are:
- Alcohol based hand sanitizer
- Solar lighting
- Stakes to stabilize the porta potty in high wind areas.
- Disposable seat covers for an added barrier for germs and bacteria.
What’s the difference between a public restroom and porta potty?
Well the main difference is in the name, “porta”, as in portable. You won’t see anyone building hundreds of toilets for a music festival that happens once a year. Yes, it’s doable, but in the long run, it may be more cost effective and practical to have porta potties delivered and serviced. The Porta Potties are smaller, and they typically are about 85 cubic feet, and only have room for 1 person to move around freely. They usually have one urinal and one toilet and a toilet paper dispenser, but there are options you can add on, but that will also increase the price.
If porta potties, are not what you are looking for and are looking for of a bathroom feel, there are portable trailer restrooms.
What are portable trailer restrooms?
Portable trailer restrooms are a good option if you are looking for the real bathroom feel. They come in different sizes and can hold 2-10 toilets. Potable trailer restrooms will typically come with either flushing toilets or urinals, sinks with running water and electricity for lighting. These restrooms are great for you and your guests to receive VIP treatment.
Just like porta potties, they will have options, these options are a little different than the porta potties. The options are going to differ from each restroom trailer. Some trailers may have hot and cold water, the other may offer only cold. They may also offer features like surround sound, if you want music to be played inside. Choosing one of these options depends on how you want the bathroom to look and what features you wish to have in it. It will be good to look around at different companies, as their looks and features will all be different.
Choosing the right porta potty.
When looking into the world of porta potties and their options, it is easy to get lost looking for one that suits your needs. That is why we are here to help you decide on which one will suit you needs best. First off, choosing a porta potty or restroom isn’t rocket science, but you do want to be aware of what will suit your needs in the most economical way possible.
Standard Porta Potty.
If you are just looking for a place to just use a restroom, a standard porta potty will do. This will be the cheapest and most frequently used option. They provide the simplest restroom amenities, Toilet, urinal toilet paper. The toilet does not flush, waste simply gets collected at the bottom and just piles up until it is ready to be serviced. There are options you can add on into the porta potty, like hand sanitizer, disposable seat covers or even solar powered lights. These options may come standard or differ from company to company. So, it is important to ask around and get different quotes.
Flushable Porta Potty.
Flushable porta potties or VIP restrooms are they are also known, have more technology and a little more luxurious than the standard porta potty. They are similar to restrooms you find on an airplane or a bus. Just like their name, they flush like regular toilets, so they have a water tank that will hold a certain amount of water. Some will include solar power, interior and exterior lighting, a sink with soap, paper towels, toilet paper, seat covers, trashcan, and powered ventilation. But again, it depends from company to company, so it is important to call around to see what each company offers for the price.
Portable Trailer Restrooms.
If you are looking for luxury, comfort, and something close to the traditional public restrooms or even some private restrooms, portable trailer restrooms are what you are looking for. These trailer restrooms are going to be like restrooms you will find at a restaurant bar or even stadium. They can have multiple stalls with urinals and flushing toilets, they will have a sink with running water, and they will also have electricity for interior and exterior lighting. Portable restroom trailers have a larger capacity, they can more waste than the other options. The capacity can change from trailer to trailer but expect larger numbers than a standard or flushing porta potty. This option will be the most expensive.
When it all boils down to which one to choose, it will be down to personal preference and how much you are willing to spend. Each one of these portable restrooms has the same basic function of a restroom, which is to be a place where you can use the restroom.
What are options I can add on?
There are many options you can choose from, but that differs from company to company. Here is a list of the top 10:
- Portable hand washing station
- Portable hot water sink
- Hand sanitizer station
- Portable mist fans
- High rise construction unit.
- Shower trailer
- Eco Friendly sanitation kits.
- Porta Potty Valet
- Solar lighting.
How Many Porta Potties Do I Need?
Knowing how many you need may be difficult to figure out. Since there are so many sizes and options, it’s easy to wonder how many uses each one may get. Most porta potties typically can contain about 150-200 uses per capacity. Not sure how many that people that can service? Well most construction companies follow the rule, 1 porta potty for 10 workers in a 40-hour week. If you are looking at them for an event, there is a guideline there too. Its 1 porta potty for every 50 guests per 1-4 hours. If you have a 5-10 hour, that number jumps to 2-3 per 50 people. If alcohol is involved, its more than likely people will be using the restroom more than usual, so you want to add 15 to 20% more porta potties. Also, you want to make sure you have some handicap porta potties available as well. It is recommended to have 1 handicap for every 4 porta potties. If you are still having trouble, you can contact any porta potty rental service, and they will be able to help you estimate how many you will need.
Will I need sinks?
If you have a basic porta potty and do not have any means of sanitation, you want to also look into sink rentals. Sinks will help prevent your event goers from spreading germs, bacteria, and viruses. Last thing you want is to have everyone catching the same illness. It is recommended that for every 4 porta potties, that you get 1 sink. This may help you and your guests stay healthy and happy.
Know what you are looking for, get multiple quotes.
The first thing you should do when you are looking for a porta potty company is to know what your basic needs are and find different companies and see what they have to offer. You want to make sure, your porta potties come with the options at a fair price. For example, company “A” may be offering a basic porta potty 10 dollars cheaper than company “B”, but with company “B” they could have hand sanitizer standard. If you want hand sanitizer with company “A” their service charge is 15 dollars per porta potty. So, company “B” will be the cheaper option. It is important to know what you’re looking for and to shop around. Porta potty companies have different standard options in each porta potty. You may find what you are looking for without having to add on multiple options.
You found your company.
Once you find your company, they will have questions for you to ensure they can offer you what you need. They may ask questions like
- What porta potty are you looking for?
- When will you need it?
- How many are you looking for?
- What is it for?
- How long are you renting for?
- Will there be alcohol?
Some of these questions may seem odd, but they are asked so they can come up with the best servicing plan. Events with alcohol, may fill up a porta potty faster than an event with the same amount of people and no alcohol.
Once you have everything settled, the company will deliver your porta potties and set them up for you. After they are set up the company will leave, and you and your guests are able to use them.
Depending on the schedule, the porta potty company will come out typically once a week, but this can depend on its usage. They will come out to service the porta potties. This will consist of cleaning out the waste, washing the porta potties with water and soap, and refilling it with the blue sanitation/deodorizing liquid you typically see. If you need the porta potty serviced at an earlier date, you may contact the company. Typically, they would prefer a 24-hour notice, so keep in mind, if they are getting filled up faster than you thought, schedule an appointment.
After the event or job is finished, the rental company will come back with the same trucks when they dropped off the porta potties and pick them up.
How much are they to rent?
Rental prices can change from company to company, your location, and it depends on what options you choose. It is best to get a quote from a few different places. We do have the average pricing to give you a better idea on how much you may spend.
Standard porta potty.
A standard porta potty is the most basic and this typically cost anywhere from $150 to $300 a day.
Deluxe / VIP Porta Potty
A deluxe or VIP porta potty has more options than the standard, so they will be priced higher at around $350 to $800 a day
Trailer restrooms will be the most expensive. They run about $900 to $3000 a day. These prices typically come with a weekly service, but if you need servicing more often, it will raise the price of your quote.
Keep in mind, any additional options will also raise the price of your rental.