Porta Potty Placement in Winter Conditions

August 1, 2021

As the great Jeff Goldblum said in the movie Jurassic Park, “When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go.” That includes when the weather is less than ideal. When it’s raining or snowing outside, there are some things you should know that will help keep your porta potties in good working order.

Here are some winter porta potty rental tips to keep in mind ahead of colder weather.


One of the most important things to consider for a winter porta potty rental is where it will be placed. This is trickier than it may seem at first. The porta potty needs to be in a location that’s not only convenient for the users but also for the company that will be delivering, picking up and servicing it.

One of the best places to situate your porta potty is near a road or a parking area. This will give the delivery trucks easy access and plenty of room. It will also be helpful for the specialized service trucks to gain access for cleaning. This specialized truck will need to park no more than 15 feet away from the porta potty for cleaning.

Keep it clear

Another thing you need to consider about winter porta potty rentals is making sure that there is clear access to the porta potty at all times that it may be used. This will mean you need to do some planning to be ready for any type of weather conditions, including rain and snow.

One way to prepare for rain and snow is to make sure the porta potty is placed on high ground. Don’t put it at the bottom of a valley or in a spot in the parking lot where there is a natural dip. This could lead to water pooling up around the porta potty and making it hard to get to. It might even get flooded in extreme conditions.

You also want to prepare for snow by keeping a shovel handy outside the porta potty. This will help keep the doorway area clear as well as the pathway leading up to it. You need to keep snow off the doors to allow it to open fully for cleaning—not just enough for someone to squeeze inside.

Choose a lighted area

Most porta potties don’t have electric lights and instead rely on ambient light in the area to illuminate the interior. This is especially important to consider with winter porta potty rentals, as the sun sets at an earlier time. Make sure there is enough lighting in the area where you place the porta potty to ensure that it won’t be dark inside by the end of the workday.

There are different kinds of porta potties, and each one may be more or less suitable for a given situation. Whether you need a winter porta potty rental for a construction site, an event or any other situation, contact Ace Diversified Services today to take advantage of our 50 years in sanitation, septic and waste removal services.

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