Every construction site has its own set of portable toilets—that is typically a given. However, not all contractors give a thought to where they place these porta-potties, which is frequently unfortunate. The next time you rent some porta-potties from a company like Mathena Septic Tank Service, here are a few things to consider with regard to where you place these toilets and why you should think ahead about these things.
Placing the Toilets Too Close to the Construction Zone
So far, you may have had quite a bit of good fortune with placing your rental toilets close to the construction zone and not having them destroyed or tipped. However, it only takes one crew member in a work truck and a few seconds of not paying attention to back the truck into the porta-potties or shove them over completely. When that happens, the work site may need to be shut down for the day while a sanitation crew comes to clear away the waste and the destroyed or damaged portable toilets. Whenever possible, place the portable toilets far away from the areas where the work trucks will be operating.
Placing the Toilets Upwind of a Nearby Cafe or Bistro
Nobody likes to smell or hear a toilet while they are eating. When you place your portable toilets upwind of a nearby cafe or bistro, it only takes a single wind blowing down toward the restaurant to carry the smells of waste that direction. Even if you have some really good portable toilets that destroy odors, you may still be sending the smell of urinal cakes from the toilets in that direction. Nobody wants to smell that either. Whenever feasibly possible, place the porta-potties in a corner part of the lot or in an area where a wind will not carry their usual odors toward a restaurant of any kind.
Placing the Toilets on Uneven Surfaces
Lastly, most companies that rent portable toilets tend to suggest that you place the toilets on ground that is as level as possible. This helps prevent any accidental tipping that could occur with placing the toilets on very uneven ground. Have your crew members flatten and sculpt out an area where you expect to put the toilets before you begin construction. Using a frontloader and a cement roller truck is usually the most effective approach for creating a flat, level ground surface onto which to place the incoming toilets.