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Keeping Your Portable Restroom Safe this Hurricane Season

secure your portable restroom this hurricane season

 

Hurricane season is a portable restroom’s worst enemy. Due to the high winds that come along with hurricanes, unless the proper steps are taken to secure a unit there can be great damage to your rental. Read on for Anderson Rentals’ guide on why it’s important for you to secure your portable toilet rental, tips for keeping it safe, and when to expect your service to resume in the event of a major storm.

Why It’s Important

Two reasons: You are protecting the portable from receiving physical damage and/or causing physical damage to another property. Also, you are securing the portable in order to have it for use immediately after the storm. Failing to secure a portable toilet before a hurricane can have serious implications. If the wind catches inside of the unit, it can send the portable toilet flying 50’ in the air. While this sounds like a funny phenomenon, it can create serious damage to surrounding properties or individuals. Typically, when a contractor rents a unit it becomes their responsibility to make sure that it is secured – meaning that if damages are incurred the contractor is held liable.

What You Can Do

Prepping for the storm is the best way to avoid damages to portable toilets. There are a variety of things you can do before the storm hits to help secure your rental and keep it from becoming airborne. One of the most effective ways to secure your rental and have it available for use after the storm is to bring your portable toilet into a garage and weigh it down or face it towards an inside wall, but we know that’s not always plausible. If that option isn’t available, you can try these tips:

  • Move the portable to an exterior wall on the leeward side of the building.
  • Tie the door of your rental shut to reduce damage and keep it from flying.
  • Tie the toilet to a tree, telephone pole or dumpster with the door facing the tree
  • Lay the portable down on the ground, on top of its door to help prevent wind from getting inside. Weigh it down using sandbags or other heavy materials.
  • If at a worksite, park your construction equipment around the unit to form a barrier

After the storm has made its way through the area, we advise putting some water in the rental until we can safely come out to service it. In securing your unit proactively, when the storm passes it will be easier for your unit to be serviced and running again!

When to Expect Resumed Service

After the storm passes, notify Anderson Rentals of any damages, and we will work to replace your rental as soon as we can!

The severity of damages created from the storm can affect how quickly our team can get back on the road to service units, but we are committed to serving your needs as soon as we can. It is also important to remember that when we resume our clean up routes, we may not be able to get to every unit right away, as cleanup and restoration crews can sometimes block the way.

Never forget the importance of securing your portable restroom rental before a hurricane hits your area. Keep these tips in mind the next time you are facing a storm to help you secure your portable restroom rental, while also keeping area property(ies) safe as well.

For information on rentals, contact Anderson Rentals today!

What You Need to Know Before Renting Portable Restrooms

 

Considering a portable restroom or sink for your next special event? What about how many you might need? How many sinks per restroom is appropriate? Are all portable restrooms wheelchair accessible? These questions can sometimes be tricky to answer, but they are necessary for planning a successful event. We provide tips below to know when a portable restroom or sink may be required, and the regulations surrounding wheelchair accessible restrooms for your next special event.

When Should I Get a Portable Restroom for My Event?

If you’re looking for a portable restroom, you can choose between standalone portable restrooms or a restroom trailer. Standalone restrooms work well for most all events as the organizer can order exactly the number of portables needed for the expected attendance with the appropriate handicap accessible portables and portable sinks. Alternatively, a Restroom trailer may better suit your needs For events with a more upscale appeal When

determining how many restrooms you may need, don’t forget the golden rule: for every 50 people at your event you should typically have at least 1 restroom available. Check out our guide for more information on determining how many restrooms you may need.

How Many Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms Do I Need?

There are certain regulations put into place by the ADA concerning the need for wheelchair accessible portable restrooms. Generally, we suggest 1 handicapped portable for every 20 standard portables. As well, if you choose to order a restroom trailer for your event, you must also have a handicap accessible restroom trailer or portable handicap – to ensure that all your attendees are receiving equal treatment. It is also important to ensure that the placements of these restrooms are easily accessible and that users won’t have to step on a curb to access them.

Should I Rent Portable Sinks for My Event?

Portable sinks provide a hand-washing facility that acts as the first line of defense against the spread of germs. These portable sinks are especially important if you are holding an event where food and drink are involved. Not only is it important for a successful event, but in Florida, it is required for portable sinks to be present at all events. For determining how many portable sinks you may need, remember this rule of thumb: 1 portable sink for every 10 standard portables.

When planning your next event, don’t forget about the importance of portable restrooms and sinks for your guests. With the addition of these necessities, you can greatly improve the quality of your event and exceed any expectations regarding sanitary needs. For your portable restroom or sink needs choose Anderson Rentals, because we go where you go.

We are available to ask any question. Contact us here for more information!

How Many Portable Restrooms Will I Need For My Event?

Whether you’re planning an intimate outdoor wedding or a large outdoor music festival, there’s one important question every event planner has to ask: How many portable restrooms do I need

Our portable restroom usage chart gives a basic breakdown of determining the number of portable restrooms needed at a special event. Please keep in mind that certain factors may skew this chart. Below is a list of questions to consider when determining your final numbers.

Will alcohol be served?

If alcohol is being served at your event, we recommend adding an additional 15-20% to the total number of portable restrooms needed for your event.

Are you serving food?

State regulations require that portable restrooms and hand washing facilities be setup in areas around but not immediately adjacent to food service areas. The quantity for the portable restrooms and hand washing facilities may be based on state, county or local regulations. Food prep and service areas may have special requirements; hand washing facilities for these areas can not be simple hand sanitizers due to the food handling. Contact your local health department for additional information on these requirements.

Are there any additional permanently built restrooms available on site?

Any available on-site or permanently built restrooms on the event property should be considered based upon the number of people these facilities are designed to accommodate.

How large is the event space?

If event space is a problem for a large quantity of portables, then perhaps an alternative to reducing the number of portables is an increase in the service/cleaning of the portables during the day of the event. If the units are serviced twice during each day of the event, you can cut the number required in half. If the portable restrooms are serviced three times in a day, you can cut it to a third. You may have to pay a premium for the additional services but when the choice is more parking for paying patrons or more portable toilets the additional business could be worth the expense.

It’s also important to note that our air conditioned restroom trailers can substitute for up to 30 portable restrooms. Consider a combination of the two. A few portables placed near the trailers allow for shorter lines, especially for those who may have an urgent need! A few portables placed strategically near parking areas are always appreciated as well.

Our air conditioned restroom trailers also make a great all-in-one package for intimate gatherings, such as a wedding or outdoor party.

Still have questions? We’re happy to help. Contact us today at 1-800-553-2213 and we can design a custom portable restroom plan that’s the right fit for your event’s needs.