How Many Porta Potties is Too Many?

“How many portable toilets will I need?” We get this question a lot, which is why we developed a handy guide to help you estimate how many porta potties you’ll need.

Generally speaking, you’ll need one portable toilet for every 50 guests for every 3 hours, which sounds simple enough. However, the math can get a bit tricky depending on the details of your event. As a result, you may be left wondering how many porta potties is too many.

The simple answer is, you can never have too many porta johns! Okay… if you have more toilets than people at your event, that might be too many!

But seriously, when it comes to portable restrooms, more is always better because it results in:

  • Shorter Lines

More bathrooms equal shorter lines. That means that your guests get to spend more time enjoying your event, which is even more important at special events like weddings.

Shorter lines also result in greater guest satisfaction, which is crucial when you’re charging for admission or fundraising.

  • More Options

Just like waiting in line, having to walk a long way to find a bathroom takes away from guests’ enjoyment of your event as well. (It can also be a recipe for disaster at family-friendly events where there are many younger children.)

Events that are held over a wide geographic area should offer plenty of bathroom options for guests that are close to their location no matter where they are. This convenience is something that guests really appreciate because it means that they don’t all have to stay clustered in one area or walk a long way back to the bathrooms.

  • Cleaner Units

When your guests have fewer toilets to use, each one gets used more often. That results in messiness and unpleasant smells accumulating faster because the tanks get filled up more quickly with toilet paper and waste. Conversely, when your guests have more units to choose from, they get filled up more slowly. This probably won’t matter much if your event is just a few hours long. However, if you’re planning an all-day event, this can make a real difference by the end of your event.

  • Greater Accessibility

Typically, event planners will only rent one ADA-compliant unit for every 5-20 standard units. These bigger units are not only easier for people with mobility issues to use, they’re also great for families that need to get multiple children and/or strollers inside. The more total units you rent, the more likely you are to rent additional handicapped accessible units. This improves the accessibility for your event overall, which is always a great thing!

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

5 Things Every Portable Restroom Supplier Should Provide

If you’re planning an event, you’re likely evaluating different portable restroom suppliers, but are you comparing the right features? Most people just look at price and assume that the other details are basically the same. However, this is a big mistake!

Restroom services can vary widely based on the provider, so you need to know what to look for! Otherwise, you can end up spending more money later or having your event ruined when the units you rent fail to live up to expectations.
These are the top 5 things that every portable toilet supplier should provide for your event:

  • Quality Service

Before you book anything, you should have a positive experience with the toilet supplier you’re using. Everyone you deal with should be friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. If they can’t give you a straight answer to your questions, or help you determine exactly what you need for your event, you should look elsewhere. The company you choose should also have enough experience with similar events that they can consult on what will work best, possibly even suggesting different options (like luxury restroom trailers) that you may not have considered.

  • High Quality Units

The toilet units themselves should match the expectations that the portable restroom supplier has set, which means that they should be well-maintained and arrive clean. If the units that you’re going to rent look old or beat up, it’s likely that the company that owns them hasn’t taken proper care of them (which can be indicative of their overall business practices). The units should all arrive stocked with sanitary fluid in the tank, toilet paper on the roll, and hand sanitizer in the pumps. Missing any of these key essentials or having dirty interiors indicates that the supplier didn’t take the time to properly clean them after the last rental.

  • Proper Placement

At the event, the restroom units should be placed out of the way so that they don’t attract too much attention. You want them to be conveniently placed, but not the start of the event. They should be readily accessible to attendees (this is especially true of ADA compliant units). Toilets should be placed on dry, level ground as well to avoid tipping over.

  • Clean Units

After every rental, toilet units must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Without a proper cleaning, messes and smells can linger, creating an unpleasant experience for users. This requires using the right products to get the job done effectively.

  • Expertise

Don’t choose a fly-by-night company! Trust your event to a team of experienced professionals. Companies that specialize in rented restrooms instead of offering it on the side are more dependable and have better equipment to choose from for your event. Rely on a supplier with a longstanding reputation for excellence instead of one that just offers the lowest price to ensure that your event will go off without a hitch.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Portable Toilet Rentals for Construction Sites

Portable rental bathrooms provide more than just convenience for employees on your job site. In fact, from a safety and hygiene standpoint, portable toilets are probably the most important staple of the construction industry. Don’t believe us? Here are the top 4 reasons to have portable toilets at your outdoor construction site:

Increased Productivity

It’s no secret that employees will have to go to the bathroom at some point during the day while working (especially in hotter weather or more demanding work environments where they’re consuming more fluids). If you don’t provide workers with a place to use the bathroom, they’ll have to leave the jobsite to do their business. While you’d probably prefer for them to wait for their break times to do so, that’s not always reasonable.

Unfortunately, when nature calls, employees answer. The result is that employees will up and leave the job to go to the nearest store, gas station, or fast food restaurant to use the bathroom. This results in lost productivity and wasted resources (fuel, time, etc.) that cost your operation money. You can easily curb this by providing regularly-serviced portable toilets at convenient locations on every jobsite. This means not only having enough units for employees, but also ensuring that they’re placed strategically to allow for easy use throughout the day as the jobsite changes.

Roller units and crane rack portable toilets allow you to place bathrooms exactly where employees need them so that they don’t have to travel across large jobsites to use the facilities. This increases productivity and also mitigates safety risks by keeping employees where they should be instead of encouraging them to move around too much.

Improved Cleanliness

Some construction sites are more remote, encouraging employees to go to the bathroom in the woods. However, when employees are left on their own to determine where to use the bathroom, the sanitation level on the jobsite plummets because workers end up using their dirty hands to eat during lunch breaks. If employees are left without a proper way to wash their hands after using the bathroom, disease can spread, resulting in increased sick time for employees.

When employees are absent, the job takes longer to complete and costs increase. This is something that no employer (or employee for that matter) wants to deal with if they don’t have to do so. For this reason, it’s a good idea to use a portable toilet supplier to provide bathrooms and hand washing options. Hand sanitizer stations and portable sinks are both great ways to keep employees and your jobsite clean.

Job Satisfaction

Ask any worker if they feel more valued when their employer provides essentials and they’ll answer with a resounding yes! While it seems silly that something like portable toilets would go so far in increasing job satisfaction, those details really do influence employees. Investing in the health and comfort of your employees is likely to increase retention and make hiring new employees easier because it establishes your business as having a reputation of caring for employees.

Professional Appearance

Providing the proper facilities makes your business look more professional to the community. The last thing you want is to have local residents and people driving by and witnessing your employees relieving themselves in public. (In fact, in some situations this is illegal and can result in substantial fines as well!) Portray your company in the right light by providing the necessary accommodations for employees so that they can do the best job possible. The end result will be better work and everyone will be more satisfied along the way!

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

How Much Do You Know About Portable Restrooms? – Take the Quiz and Find Out

Calling all masters of trivia (or just people who want to learn more about portable restroom options), how much do you know about portable toilets? Think you’ve got what it takes to get a perfect score? Take the quiz to find out!

1. Do portable restrooms have flushing toilets?
A. What?! No, of course not!
B. Yes, some models do
C. Yes – all of them

Correct answer: B – Elite porta potties and luxury restroom trailers both have foot pedal controlled flushing toilets.

2. Which of the following amenities are available in porta potties?
A. Hand sanitizer or sinks
B. Overhead lighting
C. Changing tables
D. All the above

Correct answer: A – All portable toilet units have either hand sanitizer pumps or sinks with running water.

3. Which of the following amenities are available in restroom trailers?
A. Climate-controlled interiors
B. Wooden cabinetry
C. Spacious countertops and large mirrors
D. Flushing toilets and sinks with running water
E. All the above

Correct answer: E – Restroom trailers are the true picture of luxury, with a wide array of amenities.

4. Which sanitary measures may be included in portable restrooms?
A. Hand sanitizer pumps
B. Sinks with running hot/cold water
C. Feminine hygiene product dispensers
D. A and B only
E. A and C only

Correct answer: D – All portable toilets provide some type of sanitary solution for cleaning hands after use, but they do not offer any additional sanitary amenities like a traditional bathroom might.

5. What is the main difference between a porta potty and a luxury restroom trailer?
A. A porta potty is a standalone unit with one bathroom inside while a restroom trailer is a multi-capacity unit with separate stalls or sections to allow use by multiple people at once
B. A porta potty is a more basic no-frills unit while a restroom trailer is packed with luxury amenities
C. A porta potty only contains a toilet while a restroom trailer also has urinals and showers
D. Porta potties are always rented in pairs or groups while restroom trailers are rented solo
E. A and B only
F. A and C only
G. B and D only

Correct answer: E – Restroom trailers allow simultaneous use just like a regular men’s or women’s bathroom while also providing a full complement of amenities to delight users. Bathroom trailers may have showers, but they don’t all contain these, and they can be rented solo or alongside other rented bathroom units. Porta potties can also be rented in any increments necessary, including as just single units.

6. Bathroom trailers are typically rented for which kinds of events?
A. Weddings and black-tie events
B. Festivals and retreats
C. Corporate functions
D. Community gatherings and sporting events
E. All the above

Correct answer: Restroom trailers can be rented for just about any kind of event that you can imagine!

7. Are portable restrooms handicapped-friendly?
A. Some units are
B. No, they’re too small to fit a wheelchair inside
C. Yes, all of them are

Correct answer: A – ADA compliant options are available in both porta potty and restroom trailer categories to provide handicapped access for users.

8. When can portable bathrooms be used?
A. In the spring/summer
B. In the summer only
C. Year-round if you’re brave enough to use them (or wearing long underwear)
D. Any time of the year because some units can be climate-controlled

Correct answer: D – Restroom trailers are climate-controlled with A/C and heat capability, allowing for cool insides in hot months and warm insides in cold months to keep users comfortable.

So, how did you do? Total up your correct answers and let us know in the comments if you got a perfect score!

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Do You Really Need Portable Bathrooms?

As a general rule, if you think you may need portable restrooms, you probably do! Whether you’re hosting a special event or planning a function, bathrooms are a must-have.

That’s not to say that you should only rent portable bathrooms if the location you’re using doesn’t have any bathrooms at all though! We frequently rent porta potties and luxury restroom trailers for events where there are established bathrooms already in place. In these cases, rentals are meant to supplement or replace the existing bathrooms because they’ve fallen short of expectations for one reason or another.

These are the top cases for when you absolutely need portable bathrooms:

Number

If there aren’t enough bathrooms for your size event, adding to the available number with some rented units is a great way to ensure that attendees can enjoy themselves instead of having to wait in long lines. Shorter wait times also entice more families to attend and guests to stick around longer instead of leaving early.

Remember, you can never have too many restrooms. No one is never going to fault you for providing extra options, but they will certainly voice their disappointment if there aren’t enough bathrooms to go around.

Location

If bathrooms are inconveniently located or spaced too far apart, bringing in rented bathrooms gives event attendees more convenient options. Ensuring that you have well-placed bathrooms increases guest satisfaction by providing guests with more time to enjoy the main event.

Depending on the nature of your event, you may also want to provide various restroom tiers in different locations for different groups to enjoy. For instance, we often provide portable restroom solutions for 5K and 10K races as well as half and full-marathons. In these cases, we typically set up a bank of porta johns for spectators to use, as well as luxury portable restroom trailers for the athletes to change inside after the competition. Their paid race entry entitles them to use these more premium restrooms (as well as other amenities from the race organizers).

Niceness

If the available bathrooms aren’t very nice, people will often forgo using them and just leave your event early so that they can do their business elsewhere. Additionally, if the available bathrooms don’t have much-needed amenities (climate-controlled interiors, exterior lighting, running water, etc.) attendees may not use them while at your event or simply avoid your event altogether.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Meet Our Most Popular Portable Toilet Units

One of the most common questions we hear from prospective customers is “What are your most popular units?” So, we’ve decided to spotlight the units that are in highest demand across Michigan year-round. Here are our top portable toilets:

Elite Portable Toilet Unit

The Elite unit is an upgraded version of the standard porta potty that you’re accustomed to seeing at public events, in parks, along trails, and on construction sites. Unlike regular porta johns that just have the basics (a toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer dispenser), Elite units also boast premium features. A foot pedal flushes the toilet inside while a fresh water sink provides running water for handwashing. Additionally, a coat hook and shelves allow users to stow their belongings securely while doing their business.

 

 

“Shanty” 2-Stall Trailer

This trailer is one of our newest luxury restroom trailers and has been an instant hit for outdoor weddings and barn weddings. Its rustic charm combines old world styling with modern conveniences for the perfect mix of old and new. The 2-stall size makes it a lovely choice for smaller, more intimate weddings and functions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master Bath Trailer

Our Master Bath trailer is a simple, clean version of your home’s master bathroom… multiplied by three. Each of the three private stalls have a toilet, sink, and shower, allowing people the same conveniences of home out in nature. This unit is ideally suited for multi-day outdoor events where guests will need to get clean (music festivals, retreats, camping excursions, etc.). The Master Bath trailer unit can also be used for homeowners that are doing major renovations, which compromise their existing bathrooms.

 

ADA Compliant Trailer

People typically assume that the Hydra ADA trailer is only for public events where handicapped accessibility is required. However, this handicapped stall equipped trailer is a great addition to any family-friendly event because it also provides stroller access for families with young children. Its versatility makes it a popular choice for all sorts of events from weddings and black-tie events to sporting events, public festivals, and community gatherings.

 

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

The Difference Between Portable Toilets and Restroom Trailers

If you need to rent portable toilets for an event, you’re likely doing research into which types of restrooms you’ll need and how many you should get. We know that comparing the offerings from various portable restroom suppliers can get confusing! You have to evaluate the types portable toilet options that they provide, ask about booking schedules, determine service areas, and compare prices. So, if your head is spinning with questions about portable toilet units, we’re here to help!

Luxury portable restroom trailers and porta johns are very different bathroom options. A restroom trailer is pulled behind a truck and delivered to your event before having the finishing touches added to wow users. Depending on the unit, it’s usually either silver or white and it has an upscale appearance from the outside. A porta potty, on the other hand, is loaded onto a trailer with a bunch of other units and then delivered to your event stocked and ready to go before being placed in a row to create a bank of portable toilets or strategically scattered around your event if it’s over a wide area.

Those are the basic differences on the surface, but the biggest differences between the two styles of bathrooms are on the inside. These are the fundamental differences that you can expect between luxury portable toilet trailers and porta potties:

Uses

It might sound silly to discuss the “uses” for portable toilets because, after all, they’re mostly used for doing your business. However, there really is a difference in how restroom trailers are used versus how portable toilets are used.

Portable toilets are simply designed for going to the bathroom – basic units have a toilet and urinal as well as a hand sanitizer pump installed on the wall. Elite units will also have the added convenience of a shelf, coat hook, and mirror as well as upgraded functionality like a mini sink and toilet that flushes with a foot pump. However, many local portable toilet suppliers don’t carry these models. Instead, they just stick to renting the standard porta john units.

Portable restroom trailers also provide users with a convenient and comfortable place to use the bathroom, but they have other uses as well. They’re a great substitute for cabanas at events where people might have to change their clothes (or their kids’ clothes), making them great for weddings, campgrounds, sports tournaments, the lakeside, weekend-long music festivals, and the like. They’re also more spacious and tend to stay cleaner after a lot of use than their porta potty counterparts, which makes them a better choice for diaper changes (although they don’t have wall-mounted changing tables with straps). Some also have showers, making them more like the bathroom in your home. This versatility is why so many customers choose to rent restroom trailers instead of (or in addition to) porta potties.

Amenities

When it comes to added amenities, you just can’t beat luxury restrooms! They boast wooden cabinetry, large mirrors, wide countertops, recessed interior lighting, low-level exterior lighting, accent rugs, hanging wall art, faux flowers, and much more. And these are just the aesthetic benefits! They also have running hot/cold water, are climate controlled, and use flushing toilets, making them a true substitute for the well-equipped restrooms that you would find inside of upscale locations like hotels, wedding venues, and restaurants.

Layouts

Porta potties are a one-size-fits-all restroom solution. They’re all laid out the same way, with only minor differences in size, for ADA-compliant portable toilets, and additional features, for Elite units. When you walk in the toilet is directly in front of you and the urinal is to the left.

Restroom trailers, however, provide different layout configurations depending on how many stalls they contain. Two and three-stall trailers have doors to the outside for each stall, making them incredibly private. While the stalls are typically labeled as either men’s or women’s on the door, they can be customized for your specific needs (such as converting a three-stall trailer from a men’s/women’s/women’s designation to a men’s/women’s/unisex configuration). Once you increase trailer size to a six-stall, eight-stall, or ten-stall version, the trailers will have a single entrance for men and a single entrance for women that will then contain individual stalls (and in the case of the men’s side, urinals as well) and shared sinks within each gender’s side. Get more information on specific layouts.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

5 Ways Porta Potties Benefit Local Parks

I bet you didn’t think portable toilets were a huge asset to the parks in your community, right? Well, believe it or not, portable bathrooms actually provide a very real benefit to the parks and other recreational areas where they’re located. Find out how the humble porta potty helps to improve your favorite park spaces:

  1. Gives People a Place to Go to the Bathroom
  2. The most obvious benefit that portable toilets provide is a place for people to go to the bathroom.

    The fact of the matter is that people will have use the restroom whether or not there’s one around. Having well-placed toilets gives people the opportunity to do their business in a civilized manner instead of just peeing in the woods. Simply put, without porta potties, your public park will suffer the unsanitary consequences of people just going to the bathroom wherever they choose instead of in a designated private area.

  3. Provides a Way for People to Get Their Hands Clean
  4. Parks are a great place to have a picnic or a snack while playing, which means that it’s important to give visitors a way to get their hands clean. While most porta potties don’t provide sinks (some do, but they’re more deluxe units), they’re all stocked with hand sanitizer pumps. Whether it’s caregivers and parents, pet owners, or kids – everyone needs a way to get clean when enjoying the outdoors. Having access to this feature is great for anyone who needs to get their hands cleaned off, especially if they plan on eating. This is another way that portable toilets make parks more sanitary.

  5. Signals that The Park is Regularly Maintained
  6. You can tell the difference between parks that are regularly maintained and those that are not. Well-maintained parks have nicely mowed areas, trash that’s picked up, and toilets that are regularly serviced by a portable portable toilet supplier. Having toilets that are kept clean and fully stocked with paper and hand sanitizer is a surefire sign that a park has a maintenance presence, which tends to make them safer. People who are hiking or biking alone, and families look for these types of amenities because they make them feel more at ease.

  7. Attracts Families
  8. We touched on this before, but families seek out places with perks that will help them to create an enjoyable time together. By having porta potties near parking areas, by eating areas, and along trails, you can attract more families. Parents are always looking for readily accessible bathrooms to avoid accidents, which means that providing them can attract bigger groups.

  9. Encourages Longer Visits
  10. People don’t tend to stay too long at parks where there aren’t the creature comforts of home. If visitors can’t find a place to go to the bathroom, they’ll typically cut their visits short so that they won’t get in a bind where they need to use the bathroom and one isn’t available. Providing portable toilets encourages people to stick around and can help make your park a destination instead of just a waypoint.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Renting Portable Toilets 101

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Need to rent portable toilets for your upcoming event or function? Here’s everything you need to know in one quick guide:

Book in Advance

There’s nothing worse than planning an event and then finding out at the last minute that you forgot to secure a vendor and now you don’t have any decent options left because they’re all booked up. Remember, there’s no such thing as planning too far in advance! So as soon as you have a few possible dates selected, call your preferred portable toilet supplier right away to see what kind of inventory they have for each of your available dates. This will help you narrow down a date and get on their calendar so that you have one of the most important elements squared away.

Use a Local Company

Here’s a little secret that no one tells you – using a local portable toilet company is always cheaper than using a big name national company. The reason for this is because the national companies simply take reservations for events and then contract with local companies to supply the portable toilets for them. This means that you’re paying for a middle man instead of just going to the supplier directly, which drives up the cost. Save yourself the money and just choose a local company to start with!

Get Enough

The biggest mistake you can make when renting portable toilets is not getting enough. Ensure that your guests won’t have to wait in line too long by getting enough units. If you need help deciding how many porta potties to rent, check out our planning chart.

Understand the Cost

Some portable restroom suppliers just charge by the unit, while others add-on a trip charge depending on how far away the units need to be delivered. If you’re having a multi-day event, you may also be billed for having the units pumped out once they fill up mid-event. Understand ahead of time what you’ll be billed for and what the total cost will be so that you can plan appropriately.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

All About Construction Restrooms

Looking for information on construction porta potties? You’ve come to the right place! We provide portable restrooms for construction sites across Michigan, which means that we have all the information you need!

What

You have several options to choose from when it comes to construction bathrooms. The first option is a standard portable toilet unit. This no-frills unit has a toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer dispenser inside.

Another option is a crane rack portable toilet, which has an arm that can be raised or lowered to allow for easy lifting mobility. These units have sturdy legs that are attached to enable secure crane lifting. Crane rack portable toilets are great for positioning on various levels of a buildings that are under construction or atop of any other elevated area.

Lastly, portable toilet roller units are on wheels to allow them to be moved in elevators or along level surfaces. Locking casters ensure that these units won’t move when you don’t want them to or while they’re in use. These are great for high-rise construction areas and come with a toilet and hand sanitizer dispenser inside as well as a urinal on the back.

If you don’t like the idea of having standalone units, you can always opt for a restroom trailer. Portable restroom trailers allow for 2-10 people to use the restroom simultaneously, which is a definite advantage on busy high-traffic construction sites. The interiors of these units are much more luxurious than their porta potty counterparts. Bathroom trailers are climate-controlled, have running water, flushing toilets, and many other amenities to satisfy employees in all weather.

Why

Having onsite restrooms improves employee morale and efficiency. A clean portable restroom located at a job site sends a message that your company cares about employee needs. It also makes for a cleaner jobsite because it provides a way to do their business and then easily get germs off hands.

How

At a minimum, you should have 1 portable toilet unit for every 10 employees working a 40-hour work week. This means that if you have employees working more than 40 hours in a week, you should get extra capacity tanks or additional units to accommodate the extra hours on the job.
You don’t want employees having to go a distance to use the restroom because it will lead to lost productivity and animosity. The ideal distance to position a portable toilet is within 75-100 feet of the work area. This distance should be measured from where employees are actually working, not where they’re parking, entering the jobsite, or eating lunch.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!