Everything You Want to Know About Porta Potties

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’d like to know more about porta potties” but weren’t sure where to go to learn more? Well we here at Reliable Portable Bathrooms have got you covered! Our years of expertise as the leading portable bathroom rental company in Phoenix has shown us the need to put together a handy-dandy list of Pora-Potty facts. Let’s dive into some of the questions that will help you become a portable bathroom genius!

Why is the Liquid Blue?

The blue liquid in porta potties used to be a formaldehyde-based liquid, but when states started outlawing the use of formaldehyde in portable toilets to prevent it from going to wastewater treatment plants that were unequipped to handle it, companies had to start using a new solution.

Nowadays, the blue liquid used is safer for people and the environment alike. So, what is it? It is a mix of chemical biocides that kill the bacteria from human waste, fragrance, and blue dye. The biocides are the active ingredient, and the smell and the color are there to simply mask the presence of human waste.

Similar to windshield washer fluid, the formula can change depending on the season. Here in Phoenix, Arizona, where summer time temps regularly top 100 degrees, the blue liquid is often made stronger to combat the hot temps (in order to help mask the smells of course).

interior of a clean portable bathroom

Can they handle a #2?

There’s no getting around this question when it comes to portable restrooms. Everybody poops…and people can, and should, poop in port a potties. Portable bathrooms are equipped to handle both #1 and #2. A toilet does not need to flush for you to poop. That’s the beauty of renting a portable bathroom for your event…when you have to go, you have to go! And a portable bathroom will be there for you regardless of which business needs going!

Where does the waste go?

The waste that is deposited in the portable toiled is pumped out using a specialized truck. The waste is then aggregated and brought to a wastewater treatment plant. At the plant, heavy solids are removed and remaining liquied is treated with chemicals and UV lights to kill the bacteria. The resulting water is clean, and ready to be sent back into nearby water sources.

Can you fall into a portable bathroom?

It is rare, and nearly impossible, for a human adult to fall or fit into a portable bathroom’s tank. However, while an adult might not fall in easily, others things can! Whenever you enter to use a portable bathroom, hold onto your belongings tightly, as they can easily, and most often, end up mistakenly in portable toilets. Some of the most common items that are dropped in are wallets, lip gloss, feminine products, and even phones can end up floating in the blue liquid.

Where does the waste go?

The waste that is deposited in the portable toiled is pumped out using a specialized truck. The waste is then aggregated and brought to a wastewater treatment plant. At the plant, heavy solids are removed and remaining liquied is treated with chemicals and UV lights to kill the bacteria. The resulting water is clean, and ready to be sent back into nearby water sources.

Can you contract a disease using one?

Short answer: yes. You can catch a disease from using any bathroom. That is a cold hard fact any time you share a bathroom with someone else. In fact, you can catch something in your home private bathroom too if any guests use them.

However, sharing a toilet seat with strangers isn’t the most common way to pick up a cold or virus from a public restroom. The most common method for contracting a cold or virus from a bathroom is from people not washing their hands after using the bathroom. Failing to wash your hands after coming into contact with door handles and other surfaces with high-touch points puts you at a higher risk of getting sick than simply sitting down to do your business. So, remember, as long as you use hand sanitizer after going to the bathroom, you should be fine.

How Often of Portable Restrooms Cleaned?

A question we receive often is “how often or portable restrooms cleaned?” To be honest, it depends on where the portable bathroom is located. Portable bathrooms that are in parks or trails are serviced less frequently due to the nature of them being used less often than say a portable bathroom at a music festival for a weekend. Festivals and other multi-day events will see portable bathroms pumped regularly throughout the event to keep them in good working condition.

For single day events, such as weddings, graduation parties, tailgates, and fundraisers are serviced before and after each event. These rentable bathrooms are dropped off in squeaky clean conditions, fully stocked with towels and sanitize ready for use. After the event concludes, they’re hauled away to get them cleaned and sanitized for their next location.

Can you contract a disease using one?

It may feel like a nightmare thinking of a porta potty tipping over when you are inside it. But rest assured for those weary of this happening, a portable bathroom will not tip over without and outside force. Heavy winds can tip them over while vacant or occupied. That’s why we advise against using them during strong storms. They can also tip over if they’re placed on uneven or soft grand. Mud, sand, and other ground prone to sinking can allow portable toilets to shift, and perhaps fall over.

However the number reason portable bathrooms fall over is vandalism. So the biggest risk of being inside a portable bathroom that falls over typically happens when you’re around bad company with ill intentions.

Reliable Portable Bathrooms: Phoenix Porta Potties for Rent

There you have it! Did you learn everything you wanted to know about portable bathrooms? If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us! If you’re ready to rent a portable bathroom for your next event in the Phoenix area, click here for a free quote!

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