May 3, 2023

How Often To Empty Portable Toilets On Construction Sites

If you are hiring a portable toilet for more than one week, then you will receive a weekly toilet service & clean from us as part of your hire. But depending on the size of your site you may well need more services than once a week. So how do you determine how often to service your toilets?

How big is your workforce?

The maths is simple, the more people on site, the more portable toilets you will need. As a minimum there should be one toilet per 7 persons per 40 hour working week. 

Our online toilet calculator can help you to work out what you need.

How many hours a week will they be working?

Are your employees working more than a 40 hour week? If so, consider either hiring more toilets or additional portable toilet servicing for the ones you have.

This will stop them from overfilling keeping them clean and fresh.

Are there visiting trades on site?

This may take you over your 7 persons per week, so include these people in your numbers.

This could include other trades people, delivery or collections and facilities installation.

Will there be weekend or evening work?

If you are working to a deadline which may incurr extra charges if you run over, evening or weekend work may be part of your contract.

If so, you’ll need to take account of this when working out how often the toilet will be used and how this will affect your servicing.

What if adhoc servicing is needed?

There are some tell-tale signs to look out for if you think you may need extra servicing and if you notice these at the outset, we are more likely to be able to book you in for additional servicing before your toilet becomes get too full and too smelly!

The more notice you can give us, the more likely it is that we will be able to help.

Solutions and Problems

The Toilet Liquid Is No Longer Blue And No Longer Smells Pleasant.

Problem - As the toilet is used more the water and blue chemical will become diluted with waste and will start to lose its blue colour. The perfumed smell of the ‘blue’ will start to be replaced with unpleasant odours.

Solution -If this is something you’ve noticed and you’re not due a service for a few days, consider an extra midweek service on your portable toilet. If your toilet is used frequently and you’ve started to notice these changes then your portable toilet needs an empty and refresh.

Water From The Toilet Overlaps The Pan Before The Toilet Is Used.

Problem - If your waste holding tank is full, not only does the blue chemical begin to look green and unwanted smells make an appearance, but you will see water from the flush tank overlapping the pan. This means the holding waste tank is full and needs an empty as soon as possible.

Solution -Book in a empty as soon as you can. Try to pre-empt this from happening by keeping to the industry standards of 1 standard portable toilet for 7 people over a 40 hour period. Additional use or strain on the toilet unit could mean more frequent emptying is needed.

Cleanliness Of The Toilet Has Started To Reduce.

Problem - If you begin to see messy floors, sinks and toilets in your units, then this is also a sign to get a service booked in. The unit’s overall sanitation goes hand in hand with the inner toilet’s capacity. So full toilet means dirty toilet unit - one will always affect the other.

Solution – This is probably a toilet in a high traffic area. Ensure you have a regular service scheduled and additional ones if needed.

There Is No Antibac Liquid / Soap To Cleanse My Hands.

Problem - On the bright side it does mean that people are cleaning their hands! Our clean water sink tank holds45 litres of water, so there’s plenty to last.

Solution - if you’re clean water is low or empty, then it’s time to book in a service. If your gel dispenser is low, we will also top this up during your service too if you request it.

Provide Full Access To Your Service Team.

Finally, the most important thing is to double check that your service team has full access to your portable toilets. If you have locked gates, or entrances that require codes - provide the code to your team or ensure we have a set of spare keys to access them .Make sure that there is clear access for vehicles and that the toilet is easy to locate, in an area which is not soft underfoot or has rough terrain.

As long as you leave toilets accessible, no staff need be on site at the time of the service. At D-tox we provide contactless and signature free job sign off and send evidence of our service to you with photographs via email.

More more information or some friendly advice about you needs contact our hire team or give s a call on 0800 999 2260

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Christian Heritage

After joining the business at the end of its first year of trading, Christian has been involved in all aspects of the business.
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