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!

Where Can I Find Portable Restrooms in West Michigan?

Looking for portable bathroom rentals in Michigan? You’ve come to the right place! Check out our portable restrooms page to find out more about our porta potty units and luxury restrooms. We rent restrooms for weddings, parties, community events, charity events, sports tournaments, festivals, outdoor concerts, tailgating, parks, trails, and anything else you can image!
Here’s what you need to know about us:

  • We do poo! We rent portable toilets and pump septic tanks across Michigan. We’re the experts!
  • We have 4 locations – Hudsonville, Ionia, Muskegon, and Big Rapids to serve your needs.
  • We pride ourselves on a few simple principles – cleanliness, customer service, and dependability. You can trust us with your event.
  • Your satisfaction is the most important thing to us. We’ll show up with a smile and do a great job that will wow you and your attendees.
  • We do weekend and special event rentals of porta potties, flushable restrooms, standalone sinks, and luxury portable toilet trailers
  • We offer specialty units for construction sites (high capacity waste holding tanks, fresh water systems, crane racks, and roller units)
  • We rent agricultural units that are all GAP compliant (ground units and trailer units)
  • We offer RV and house boat pumping services

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!

Event Planning – How Many Portable Toilets Will I Need?

The most common question we get in this business is “How many toilets will I need?”

We get asked this by regular people planning private events as well as seasoned event planning pros alike, so we wanted to take the opportunity to break it down for you.

Regardless of the size of your event, having enough bathrooms is crucial in ensuring that guests will be able to enjoy themselves. No one wants to have their guests waiting in long lines (or leaving) to use the bathroom! That’s why it’s so critical to get it right from the outset of your event!

(Trust us, you don’t want to be the guy calling frantically asking to have more porta potties delivered mid-event!)

Use Our Planning Chart

We have a helpful chart to help estimate how many units you’ll need for your event. It’s a grid that simply multiplies the number of hours for your event by the number guests expected. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect that one porta potty unit can service up to 50 guests for up to 3 hours. For events where the number of attendees is unknown, you should round your estimates up to prevent finding yourself in a situation where there aren’t enough bathrooms for all the families and individuals that show up.

Consult the Pros

Our planning chart provides an estimated number of units that you’ll need, but if you want a more customized recommendation based on the type of event and the geographic size of the event, you can always give us a call at 888-320-9992 and we’d be happy to help you out!

As professionals, we have many years of experience in the portable restroom business, which means that we know best when it comes to rental toilets. We know when to recommend luxury restroom trailers versus standard porta potties, and we have all of the add-ons that you’ll need to keep your event sanitary!

Scale Up or Down

If the event you’re planning has been held before, you can scale up or down based on your previous experience. Typically this means learning from past mistakes and getting more toilets and trailers than you’ve had in previous years to better accommodate guests.

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!

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!

GAP and Our Farms

Want to know what’s keeping the food that our farmers grow safe for your family? One of the main initiatives is called GAP, and it stands for Good Agricultural Practices. Find out more and learn about what Kerkstra is doing to help with this program!

The Details

GAP is a voluntary agricultural program aimed at minimizing the risk of contamination to fruit/vegetables by food growers and packers. While GAP includes farm-wide protocols, some states have practices that are crop-specific as well to supplement those broader regulations.

Protecting our Communities

Foodborne illnesses are bad for everyone involved! Consumers get sick, farmers face reduced demand after an outbreak, and grocery stores suffer from wavering confidence in available products. GAP was implemented to keep people safe and support the agricultural industry as a whole. But GAP policies don’t just provide for safe consumption, they also aim to improve the use of resources on farms, ensure crop quality, and improve working conditions for pickers.

The main idea behind GAP is to prevent outbreak before it happens so that costly contamination removal isn’t necessary down the line.

How it Affects Farms

Getting pickers and other produce handlers to wash their hands regularly (especially after eating and using the restroom) is the first step in achieving GAP compliance. GAP regulations lay out specific protocols around employee sanitation and employer documentation that must be followed to ensure compliance. Kerkstra services farms with GAP compliant portable restrooms to help lay the foundation for this important program.

Want to Learn More?

Find out more about what makes GAP porta potties different!

Learn why farms of all sizes need portable restrooms for workers and visitors!

Kerkstra Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan for agricultural applications. Find out more about our GAP solutions 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!

All About Portable Toilet Rentals for Weddings

Looking to rent portable toilets for weddings? Great! You’ve come to the right place. This article will cover all the main points that you need to consider when renting wedding portable restrooms. We work with engaged couples, wedding planners, and outdoor wedding venue owners every season to help them create spectacular events, which means that we’ve been asked a lot of the questions that you’re probably trying to figure out many times before!

These are the top things you need to consider when renting portable toilets for your outdoor wedding ceremony or reception:

How They’ll Be Used

It might seem silly to say that you should figure out how a portable restroom will be used, but it’s actually a very important first step.

Obviously, people will need to use the restrooms to go to the bathroom, but is there any other way they’ll need to be used? Will everyone in the wedding party be getting ready off-site and then arriving picture-ready? Or will there be a need for wardrobe changes or hair and make-up touch ups on site? If so, you’ll want larger restrooms that can accommodate getting ready, preferably ones with mirrors and countertops for belongings. If this is the case, you should probably lean towards renting a luxury restroom trailer instead of regular portable toilet units. While Elite Unit portable toilets provide some of these same comforts, luxury restrooms are the preferred choice for weddings where the wedding party and/or other guests will be using them on-site for prepping.

What Kinds of Amenities You Want

Are you just looking for a no-frills bathroom solution, or do you want added amenities like flushing toilets and sinks with running water? If you’d like these added features, you have to choose either Elite Units or luxury portable restroom trailers to provide these types of amenities.

If you’re looking to mimic the kinds of amenities that your guests would have if your wedding venue was indoors, you’ll find that the luxury restrooms provide many of these same stylish touches – things like wooden cabinetry, recessed lighting, large mirrors, wide countertops, accent rugs, hanging art, and faux plant décor. We have portable restroom trailers ranging in size from 3-stall to 10-stall options to suit any size wedding or party.

How Many You’ll Need

If you plan on using standard porta potty units, we have a helpful chart to help you determine how many you’ll need for the size and duration of your event. If you’re interested in getting a restroom trailer, we can help you determine which one will fit your specific needs, budget, and event style. Larger trailers will have separate men’s and women’s sections (with private stalls inside both and urinals in the men’s section) that resemble traditional bathrooms whereas smaller trailers will have dedicated stalls that open to the outdoors directly. For most events, just one trailer of the right size will suffice, but for very large events or events across a wide area, multiple trailers may be used to reduce wait time and make the more convenient for guests to access.

Where They’ll Go

If you plan on having your event at an established outdoor wedding venue, they probably already have an area designated for portable toilet placement. However, if you’re having your event at a private residence or out in the woods, you’ll want to consult with us to determine where they’ll go to maximize convenience for your guests and deliverability for our staff. We can help you determine the right placement for your specific location.

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!

Where Will You See Kerkstra This Summer?

The summer is our busiest time of the year, which means that we’ll be hauling trailers all over the state to some of Michigan’s most picturesque destinations. If you want to know where you’ll see our guys, check out these popular events that we’re booked for every year:

Weddings

Wedding season certainly keeps us busy! Whether it’s a wedding inside a barn, in a public park, or at a private residence, our luxury restroom trailers add a touch of elegance to outdoor nuptials. With a variety of restroom trailer sizes and configurations, our fleet provides tons of options for weddings of all sizes! No guest list is too small (or too large) to benefit from our fancy bathroom trailers.

Concerts

Outdoor concerts and music festivals are a hallmark of the summer season and all those people grooving and music to their favorite bands need a place to use the bathroom. That’s where we come in! Our luxury portable restrooms provide an upscale solution for on-stage talent, concert-goers, and event organizers alike. For multi-day events where attendees will be camping out, we also offer shower trailers to provide the ultimate in bathroom accommodations.

Corporate events

Corporate functions keep us busy year-round, but they’re especially prevalent in the summer months. One of the most popular features that appeals to corporate clients is our family-friendly options such as handicapped (and stroller) accessible stalls. Whether it’s a whole-company gathering, or a large team function, our trailers and standalone units offer a lot of options for corporate event planners looking for a portable restroom supplier.

Festivals

Local festivals, fairs, circus appearances, and other public attractions are an opportunity to see our luxury restroom fleet in action. We provide VIP trailers for all sorts of community gatherings and each year the lineup changes.

Races

We’re a staple at marathons and half marathons around the Grand Rapids area, but we also provide portable toilets and luxury portable restroom trailers to community races elsewhere in West Michigan. Whether it’s a fun run or a race for serious athletes, our bathrooms provide competitors and spectators with clean, reliable solutions.

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!