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Question DetailsAsked on 2/20/2014

how do I find ratings on companies supplying rental portable toilets in San Diego?

I have a party coming up and I need a decent portable toilet to have enough capacity at my home.

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Thanks so much!

Answered 6 years ago by KielH


Bear in mind there are three types of portable toilets. Also consider what activities you have at the party - do you need changing room trailer for pool use, for instance. Also, duration of party and amount of drinking going on afffects how many toilets you need - rental companies can give you input on that, as can websites if you google something like - portable toilet rental. Of course, if you are using an event planner, they should be able to arrange for this type of service.

2) The first is the "porta-a-potty" type you see at construction sites - not real popular with people at weddings, parties, etc. Typically from $50-75 flat rate for delivery and later pickup at end of rental, plus about $10-15/day or $50-75/week range in many areas for the rental. Chemical non-flush toilet, maybe chemical hand cleaner dispenser.

3) The second is called a portable restroom - like a port-a-potty but slightly larger, commonly with a chemical or water flush toilet like an airline, mirror and typically foot-pumped unheated water sink, waterless hand cleaning station, and trash receptacle - maybe a door lock operated battery-powered light - about 75-200 delivery and setup and 2 days use, weekly rate about $200-250 range after that. Commonly requires hose connection, and not suitable for sub-freezing conditions if so.

4) The third one is a portable restroom trailer unit - basically a 10-36 foot house trailer type unit like construction worksite offices are in, with full restroom facilities - from 1 to 8 toilets in enclosed stalls depending on size, hot and cold water sinks, mirrors, trash receptacle, paper towel dispenser, hand sanitizer dispenser, sometimes even heat or air conditioning, etc - essentially like an airport restroom on wheels. Even shower units are available in trailer configuration, commonly used for field camps but I have seen them at large beach parties and events like jamborees, church revivals, rodeos etc so participants can shower. Be sure to specify if you need a handicapped accessible unit - cost about 50% more due to the need for them to install the portable access ramp - usually a separate unit rather than an accessible stall in a larger trailer, so for parties of less than about 100-200 people a single accessible unit may be your solution. Also specify if you can provide power hookup for lights, and hose hookup for water. Cost varies depending on availability of water and power because they have to provide storage tank with pump and generator otherwise. Can run from minimum of about $400 bare bones unheated to over $4000 for the larger units for a 2 day event rental. This is NOT something you order at the last minute or set up on the day of the event - typically ordered some weeks or even months in advance as there are not many of them in one area, and water and power hookup and levelling can take some time. Cost also about $50-100/day higher if in freezing weather if you cannot provide adequate power, as these typically use water rather than chemical flushing and water in the sinks of course, so requires generator usually for heating. In cold weather or very hot (air conditioning) weather generally requires electrician install temporary power feed or they have to provide generator trailer unit - in warmer weather an ordinary outdoor receptacle will commonly suffice for lights and ventilation fan.

5) One other solution I have seen which does not look the greatest but works in cold conditions, is a small 1-2 toilet trailer unit parked in a heated garage - can avoid the heating and generator issue but likely to require them putting in a duct to vent fan exhaust outside the garage - so again some setup effort.

6) In your planning, ALWAYS assume at least one toilet is going to go out of service, so better to get at least one more toilet facility than you anticipate need for.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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