Here in Kansas, we get all kinds of weather. It can be very hot in the Summer, and very cold in the Winter. When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, servicing portable toilets can sometimes become tricky, especially if the weather makes a drastic turn for the worst.
While we have unique chemicals and techniques during cold weather to prevent our restrooms from freezing up, overuse or long periods of time with near or below-zero temperatures can render these methods useless. As a customer renting or using a restroom during the winter, here are a few things you can do to keep your restroom in a serviceable condition:
1. Avoid Overuse. Ordering the proper amount of restrooms for your crew, and maintaining a frequent and regular service schedule will ensure your restrooms do not freeze and maintain sanitary conditions.
2. Place a Small Heater Inside. If your jobsite has power, placing a small heater inside the unit can keep the tank from freezing, as well as offering an added bonus: a warm seat.
3. Move the Restroom Indoors. If your jobsite has an indoor area suitable for a portable restroom, then moving the unit inside will prevent it from freezing and keeping the unit warm. If you are wanting to do this, make sure to call your service provider first. They will need to be able to access the unit for regular services.
4. Place in Direct Sunlight. Long periods of sunlight can warm restrooms significantly. This can keep the waste tank from freezing up, as well as providing comforting warmth when you need to use the unit.
5. Use Ice-Melt Around the Unit. Placing ice-melt around the unit during times of bad weather in the winter can prevent the chance of injury. It can also help prevent the unit from freezing to the ground. This is especially important on jobsites where moving the unit is frequent.