The Truth Behind Portable Restroom Myths

May 29, 2020

Porta potties have a bad reputation in the sanitation world, but the truth is, when you need to go to the bathroom, they’re a safe, sanitary and easy way to do your business. Would we all rather do the deed in the privacy of our own sparkling-clean homes? Sure—but unless you never want to go to another outdoor event in your lifetime, it’s time to make peace with the porta potty.

There are plenty of porta potty myths and misconceptions out there in Chattanooga, TN, often from second- or thirdhand experience. Here’s the truth about what porta potties are, how they work and what you can expect from a reputable porta potty company:

  • They’re unclean: The truth is, porta potties are designed to be sanitary for large loads. Whether you’re on a construction site or at an outdoor festival, we all know what people are doing in there, which is why porta potty companies ensure they’re equipped with sanitizing and odor-neutralizing chemicals. They also include toilet paper and seat covers, with hand-washing stations available to help people stay fresh and clean after doing their business.
  • They smell terrible: Unless the porta potty hasn’t been serviced recently—and generally, they’ll be pumped and serviced every day during an event—they shouldn’t smell bad. The chemicals in the bottom of the potties—the stuff that turns blue and hides the worst of our gastrointestinal byproducts—come with heavy-duty odor-neutralizing components to keep the porta potty smelling clean. Of course, there will always be someone with poor aim, and on a hot day, that can smell less than stellar—but it’s not the porta potty’s fault.
  • Only big events need porta potties: Maybe you think your 50-person wedding can get by with the bathrooms in Grandma’s big ranch house. Unfortunately, when you have more than 10 people at an event or job site, you’re going to need more than one or two bathrooms, especially if you’re serving food and alcohol. They might not be glamorous (for that, look into restroom trailers), but they’re imperative if you want your guests or staff to be able to take care of their basic needs in a reasonable time frame.
  • They’re always messy: Generally, porta potties are serviced at least once per day, restocked with fresh seat covers and toilet paper and checked for any issues. If you go into a portable restroom and find that it looks like a war zone, that’s typically a reflection on the people who have used it, not on the rental company itself. If everyone uses the restroom respectfully, it should remain a sanitary place to do your business.
  • You only need one or two: Finally, if you’re hosting an event, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can get away with just one or two units. Call Pit Stop Portables to talk about your event and how many restrooms you’ll need—we have it down to a science.

Don’t let portable restroom myths in Chattanooga, TN dissuade you from getting convenient and affordable bathrooms for your guests—call the team at Pit Stop Portables today to learn more!

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