Troubleshooting Septic Problems

Troubleshooting Septic Problems

Properly Maintaining Portable Toilets: Four Things To Know

by Max Wagner

Renting a portable toilet can be a great way to tend to the personal needs of visitors at outdoor events or the crew at construction sites. However, it's important to properly maintain these facilities every day to ensure they are clean and ready for use. Here are some steps you can take to maintain your portable toilets.

Perform Daily Scrubbings

Have your grounds crew or janitorial staff scrub the inside of each unit every day. This can be accomplished with a long-handled industrial cleaning sponge and a simple garden hose. You'll also need a bucket to hold a soap-and-water mixture. Close the toilet lid and remove all toilet paper before cleaning. Use the sponge and soap mixture to clean the walls and floors, and then rinse away the soap with the hose. You may want to perform this task at the end of the day to allow the walls and floor to dry.

Monitor Chemical Treatments

Toilet rental companies use chemical treatments to help deodorize the facilities and break down waste. These chemicals will work for a time, but they may need to be replaced often, depending on how much use each unit gets. Because the chemicals typically have a blue tint, you can monitor them by checking the color. When the inside of each toilet begins to take on a green color, it's time to contact your toilet rental company. The company can empty out each unit and add extra treatments so the toilets are once again ready for use.

Use Deodorizers

Unpleasant odors can build up quickly, even in the cleanest of portable toilets. To help combat this, you'll want to use deodorizing agents in each unit. You can use automatic aerosol deodorizers, which release a pleasant fragrance into the air at regular intervals, or you can opt for deodorizing packets. These packets can be dropped into the toilet to help neutralize odors. If your portable toilet units also have urinals, add urinal cakes to absorb the odors that come from this area.

Clean The Exterior

You'll also want to take steps to clean the exterior of each portable toilet unit. This can clear away dirt and mud left behind after rainstorms, and it can also help ensure that the door handles are sanitary. You can use a hose to quickly clean the exterior walls and roof. Use a sponge, hot water, and a bleach solution to sanitize the door handle for added protection against gems.

Ask your portable toilet rental company if it offers daily cleaning services in addition to waste removal. In some cases, you can have the company handle these details for you. This means that your grounds crew or janitorial staff will only need to do occasional cleanings throughout the day as they become necessary. Contact a service, like American Portables, for more help.


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Troubleshooting Septic Problems

When we first purchased our home in the mountains, I had no idea what I was up against. Whenever we would visit, I was surprised to see and smell the way that the property had changed. I realized that the vacation home always smelled like sewage, and it was really worrisome. I knew that I needed to do something to make things right, so I started looking into the plumbing system. I discovered that we had a septic tank, and that it needed to be pumped. This blog is all about troubleshooting septic system problems so that you can keep your place clean and sanitary.