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Storm Debris Dumpster Rentals Explained

When Hurricane Harvey hit our hometown of Houston, flooding was the immediate concern. But when the floodwaters receded, homeowners were left to clean up the massive amount of storm debris on their property. That led to giant piles of soaked building materials, tree limbs and other debris in the front yards of many homes. Everything from appliances to carpeting to home interiors had to be thrown out, and people were left wondering about renting dumpsters for storm debris. City officials estimated hauling away eight million cubic yards of debris after the storm.

What often surprises homeowners after catastrophic events is the fact that private property debris isn’t part of what emergency crews help with. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) removes debris that poses an immediate risk to public health or is on public property. But in most cases, storm damage on personal property doesn’t qualify.

So, is renting a dumpster for storm debris the right option, or do you have alternatives to consider? Here’s a closer look at what you need to know about post-storm debris.

Check with your city

Each city has its own process for dealing with storm debris. For large-scale events, like hurricanes or tornadoes, you’ll find information posted online or through news reports to indicate the next steps for debris removal.

A special debris collection area will usually be established in the days after the storm. Once that happens, the city or county will provide instructions on when and what types of debris will be accepted. In some cases, the city will pick up neighborhood debris in stages over time. This could lead to debris sitting on your property for a longer period of time, but if you have minimal damage you most likely won’t need to rent a dumpster.

If your city’s disposal service offers curbside pickup, reach out to find out where you should place your storm debris. You can also look for any special instructions in news reports or on the city or county’s website. Follow the directions provided by your garbage collection agency, and you’ll get the most efficient debris pickup service.

Consider safety

Before you rent a dumpster for storm debris, consider the safety issues the storm created. Just because you’re able to access your property doesn’t mean there are clear paths for city workers—or dumpster haulers—to reach you with large trucks.

Dumpster rental companies and curbside collection services will have to wait until roads are clear before they can deliver dumpsters or pick up debris, so have patience. It’s natural to want to start working immediately, but sometimes road conditions may be unstable or unsafe for days or weeks after the event. In these cases, wait to deal with the debris until conditions settle.

Why rent a dumpster

If it was a large event, city-based services may take a long time to dispose of debris. Think months not weeks. Often, municipalities have limited capacity to handle the debris, such as limited manpower and truck capacity. If you want to clean up sooner, that’s where dumpsters for storm debris can be a solution. With a dumpster rental you can:

  • Sort and toss items at a time that works for you
  • Remove items like concrete that regular municipal garbage pickup may not accept
  • Dispose of large tree limbs, fence pieces, and even structural damage more easily
  • Schedule pickup at a time that works for you
  • Dispose of heavy and bulky items, like carpeting and sheet rock, that curbside pickup might not take immediately

When you rent a dumpster for storm debris, choose the largest size that can safely fit on your property. You will probably have large pieces of debris, so a larger unit will help ensure it all fits in one trip.

Storm debris dumpster pricing

As you shop for a dumpster rental service after a catastrophic event, be aware of pricing. Units will be in tight demand, and rates will definitely be higher than usual. But how high is too high?

After a storm, dumpsters and portable toilets are often trucked in from nearby states to meet demand. That’s going to add to the cost. However, you want to make sure you pay a fair price.

To protect yourself, work with trusted, reliable companies with a reputation for good customer service. ZTERS has been in business for a decade, and we’ve seen many storms and natural disasters. We work with thousands of vendors across the country, and we can tell you when price increases are justified and reasonable. We’ll give you honest answers to your questions about dumpster delivery and service after a storm.

No one wants to face rebuilding a destroyed home. As a Houston-based company, we know about the long road home from disaster. Give us a call if you have questions about dumpsters, temporary fencing or portable toilets for your home rebuild. 

How to Protect Against Construction Job Site Theft

In the construction industry, job site theft is a serious problem. High-value equipment and materials combined with unsecured locations are tempting to thieves. This is especially true if the job site is in a remote location. The National Equipment Register estimates the cost of equipment theft each year falls between $300 million and $1 billion. And companies that have equipment stolen only recover it around 22 percent of the time, so these losses are usually permanent. In addition to monetary loss, stolen equipment causes your project to come to a screeching halt. You can’t work without your gear, and this sets you behind on your deadlines. So, how do you protect against construction job site theft?

It helps to remember job site theft is a “theft of opportunity.” Thieves look for opportunities that are easy and fast. Make the opportunity less enticing, and you’ll reduce the risk. These five tips will help you protect your job site.

1. Install quality temporary fencing

A barrier between your job site and the rest of the community is your first line of defense. The right temporary fencing creates a barrier that makes it nearly impossible to remove large equipment from the job site. Choose options like barbed wire or a pounded post chain link fence. These deterrents make it harder to move the fencing. When a potential thief sees fencing in place, he already thinks twice about entering the job site and will move on to an easier target.

2. Use lockable construction storage containers

A fence is a first line of defense, but you can do more to make your job site secure. Add lockable, weatherproof construction storage containers for additional security. Insist all tools and valuable materials are stored inside at the end of the day. You can also store large equipment and electronics inside. Doing so protects your equipment and materials from theft and from the elements. Should a thief get across your fence, or a rainstorm hits during your downtime, your most critical items are still safe.

3. Keep it lit

Hiding under the cover of darkness is important to thieves. Keep your space well-lit to deter potential crime. Security lighting that stays on all night is helpful in keeping your space protected, but that can be expensive and not energy efficient. To save on energy, use motion detector lights that only turn on when someone approaches. Also make sure the lighting illuminates the entire job site, or at least any areas where equipment and materials are stored. Eliminate as many shadowy areas as possible, and thieves will go looking for a less-lit target.

4. Set an alarm

Job site theft risk drops significantly when you install an alarm system. If a thief enters your construction job site and hears an alarm, he will run. Alarms also alert those around your job site to the theft, so help can get to the site more quickly. Alarm systems may have flashing lights and other deterrents as well as audio alarms. With most systems, you can set mobile alerts to keep you in the loop when problems happen.

5. Invest in surveillance

Visible surveillance cameras make thieves think twice about entering your job site. They also provide photo and video evidence of any thieves who do steal from you. This increases the chance you will recover your property. It’s not enough to just buy a dummy camera, although that’s an option. Installing a full video surveillance system is relatively inexpensive compared to the cost of a major job site theft.

And one bonus tip: If you know your job site is going to house a lot of expensive equipment and materials, consider investing in a security company. Nothing quite beats a human security guard patrolling the area. On-site security prevents theft, and it also helps prevent illegal dumping and other illicit activities on the property.

Securing a job site against theft requires some thought and action, but it’s a job worth doing. ZTERS offers construction fencing and storage container rentals, and we can help you decide on the right products and services to help protect your job site. We’ve been providing construction site services to companies for more than a decade, and we work with thousands of vendors nationwide. Give us a call to find out how we can help.

When is a waste broker good for business?

Have you ever calculated the real cost of waste service across your facility portfolio? Yes, you get vendor invoices every month. But chances are, you may not have audited the real cost of your commercial waste management. In going through your day-to-day operations, you need to maximize profit, boost efficiency, and manage a seemingly unending list of other responsibilities that need to be done. So, how often do you get a chance to look at your commercial waste services? This is where some waste brokers can help maximize your efficiency.

What is a waste broker?

Think about how many waste-related vendors you use. If you’re a typical commercial, industrial or multi-family property manager, you probably have several locations and multiple vendors providing waste and recycling services. That’s a lot of phone calls and multiple points of contact.

Waste brokers will connect you with local vendors, and sure, that saves you some phone calls. But after that, you’re still on your own to manage the monthly invoicing and support issues with all those vendors. ZTERS waste solutions goes a step beyond and offers you a dedicated account manager and single point of contact across all your facilities nationwide.

Over ten years, ZTERS established a network of more than 14,000 nationwide vendors. We’ve been vetting local vendors across the country for years, and we work with the most reliable providers. That means we provide you with one complete waste management package no matter how many locations you manage. And you get one invoice.

Consider how many hours it takes to make sure you’re getting the best rates on waste disposal services. You’d have to contact every hauler in every neighborhood to find a dependable provider at a fair rate. ZTERS does that legwork for you. We help property owners and managers find the most reliable, cost-efficient haulers in the country, and we serve as your continual point of contact to solve any service issues that come up.

How does ZTERS save you money?

Unlike a traditional waste broker, we take service a step further. Your business is our business, so our dedicated account manager starts to understand your trash generation across your portfolio. From there, we are able to audit, or “right size” your service to make sure you’re using the correct size dumpster size and pickup schedule for your specific facilities.

Think about it: when you have a weekly pickup and your dumpster is only half full, that’s wasted money each and every week. The same is true if you’re paying overages every month because you’re overflowing your dumpster each week. Let us analyze your waste and right-size your system.

Since 2009, we have been helping businesses of all sizes with their waste solutions. We’re family owned and operated, and our customers become part of the family.

Fair. Simple. Reliable. That’s our motto, and we want to save you time and money.

Trash is never going away – and hopefully, neither is your business. Waste removal is an expense that your portfolio will incur for the rest of its lifetime. And an inefficient trash system leaves your time and money on the table. Call us to handle the trash while you handle business.

How do you install a job site storage container?

Have you ever shown up at a job site only to find all the copper has been stripped from your makeshift security shed? If you have, you’re not alone. The FBI has called copper theft a threat to critical U.S. infrastructure. Theft is a serious risk on construction sites. The high value of construction equipment, tools and supplies makes them a prime target for thieves. And the difficulty of properly securing items on an open construction site only adds to the problem. This is where installing a job site storage container can make a world of difference.

The cost of not being secure

It’s hard to calculate an exact cost for these types of thefts—from equipment to time lost—but the estimated annual value of items stolen from construction job sites is between $300 million and $1 billion according to video monitoring company Stealth Monitoring. Around 25 percent of stolen equipment is never recovered. That’s a huge loss to your project in both time and resources.

This is a costly problem, but it has a simple solution. On-site storage containers provide you with a secure and organized place to store equipment and materials. They provide peace of mind at your job site.

You may already be using temporary fencing, and that’s a great first line of defense to boost site security. But it is just one measure. Storage containers provide a weather-proof, durable, and mobile storage solution for your construction site. They can be locked, and they are difficult to break into.

Often, just having a locked metal container is all that’s needed to deter a thief looking for an easy snatch-and-grab job. Stash your copper, tools, and smaller pieces of equipment in a storage containers, securely lock it at the end of the day, and you add a layer of protection to your job site.

Types of construction storage containers

When choosing the right storage container, you have three basic options to choose from. These include:

  • Standard storage containers – Storage containers that can be opened on both sides. They provide weatherproof storage for construction equipment and supplies. You can also install technology like video cameras or WiFi hotspots inside if you are using a computer system on the job site. You can rent sizes from small 10-foot containers up to large 40-foot containers.
  • Office containers – Office containers are small mobile offices inside a storage container. They’ve had doors and windows cut into them, they offer no-frills workspace, and they can be air conditioned.
  • Office storage combination containers – These containers combine office units with storage for one-size-fits-all solution.

Prepare your job site for delivery

Before your construction storage container is delivered, make sure the site is properly prepared to receive it. You will need a flat, fairly level area that is larger than the width and length of the container. There has to be enough room to safely access the storage unit without interfering with the construction itself. And there must be enough room for the doors to swing all the way open on either side.

Keep in mind, the delivery truck will need access to the site. Make sure the delivery driver will have clear access to the site to deliver your storage container. You may need to coordinate with them on the best route to the job site. Are you working in a remote area—or a heavily populated urban area? We specialize in working with you to make sure you and the delivery driver have all the information needed for a smooth delivery.

Consider container blocks

An additional consideration is whether to place the container on blocks. If your job site is not flat, blocks can help keep the storage unit level. Also, if the job site is wet or you expect wet weather while you’re working, blocks can help prevent water seepage and moisture problems.

Though the containers are weatherproof, if they sit on wet ground for too long the dampness can sweat through the flooring and into the container. This causes damage to everything inside. We can help you figure out your options to help prevent this from happening.

Finally, if you place a container on blocks it helps stop animals from digging underneath and nesting below the container. Keep in mind that placing the container on blocks will increase the height of the step into the container. Make sure to have the right sized step and use good quality blocks—make sure they aren’t cracked or misshapen—so they don’t break or rot and send your container crashing to the ground.

Additional site security

Your storage container in and of itself is a great security measure, but you can also add additional security. Some additions to consider include:

  • High-security lockboxes
  • Heavy-duty padlocks
  • Temporary fence rentals to add fencing around the container
  • Alarm system
  • Video cameras
  • Crossbar locks

No matter which security measures you choose, a mobile storage container will help keep your equipment, materials and overall job site secure. And your tools and materials will be much more likely to be there when you return each morning.

ZTERS bundles services like storage containers, temporary fencing, portable toilets and office trailers to make your site management simple. One call. One invoice. Give us a call to get a free quote on storage containers or a full bundle of job site services.

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Ask Angela: What goes into temporary fencing rental fees?

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS Site Solutions. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website.

Hi, Angela. I was pricing temporary fencing for a construction project. It seems like fencing rental is priced kind of high, in my opinion. Can’t you just put up a few panels and call it a day? Why is temporary fencing so expensive?

Angela: Thanks for asking this question. A lot of people don’t understand everything that goes into installing temporary fencing. Fencing rentals can be expensive for a number of reasons, including (but not limited to):

  • Labor costs—it takes time to load fencing on a truck, drive to a location, set up, break down, and then, of course, there’s removal and offloading it at the yard.

Depending on the length of fencing, a crew of at least two to six installers, on average, is needed for any site. These installers are paid an hourly wage for drive time and the time it takes to actually install the fencing.

Prevailing wage (or government jobs) in most states are higher than installers would typically make elsewhere. And when installers do these jobs, they have to be paid according to a prevailing wage pay standard.

Most places have a minimum dollar amount, which means the installers get paid a set minimum amount for any job. They receive that set rate even if a project comes in at less than that minimum amount.

Additional fees for fencing often include:

  • Hand carry fee—this is a per-panel cost for sites where the installers have to carry panel fencing more than four to six feet. This usually happens when they can’t get the truck closer to the designated fence line.
  • Damages—this fee can be as small as a few dollars for a missing or broken part, or as large as a few hundred dollars if a fence panel has to be replaced. It depends on the damage done to the fence. Ask your broker or hauler for a list of damage fees when you’re ordering your fencing.

Screening is also an additional cost, and there are situations where screening isn’t recommended. This is another place where it’s useful to ask your broker whether screening is really necessary for your project. Sometimes it adds an extra layer of security. Other times it can be left off.

At ZTERS, we offer a six-month minimum rental. Fencing can be removed at any time, but typically with any temporary fencing the initial rental will be six months. Yes, there are exceptions to this rule, but it is on a site-by-site basis. We help you calculate how long you’ll need your fencing, and we work to find fencing that fits your budget.

One other note about fencing: military discounts. While we don’t offer a military discount, per se, we do work with local vendors to make sure that temporary fencing for military installments are as convenient and cost effective as possible. We know sometimes these projects can be a big challenge, so if you need temporary fencing for a military project, give us a call and we’ll see what we can do.

I hope that answered your question about the cost of renting temporary fencing. If you ever need help or have more questions, give us a call! We’re glad to help.

Planning an outdoor wedding? Here are your portable toilet options

Outdoor weddings are a great way to experience natural spaces as you celebrate your union. Planning an outdoor wedding sometimes takes a little more effort than a traditional indoor event, especially when it comes to scheduling logistics like portable toilets. Even if the outdoor venue has some toilet facilities, they may not be sufficient for all your guests. Thinking about a remote location like a beach or campground? As wedding destinations become increasingly remote, toilet facilities may not be available at all. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, here’s what you need to know about your outdoor portable toilet options.

Porta potties for outdoor weddings

When shopping for portable toilet rentals, you have two basic size options. Standard portable toilets stand around 91 inches high and are 44 inches wide and 48 inches deep from the outside. Inside, standard units have a depth of 21 inches and a width of 42 inches. (The toilet tank takes up part of the porta potty space.) This can be pretty cramped, particularity for wedding guests and brides in flowing gowns.

Toilets that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, are deeper and wider. They have a width and depth of 77 inches each. The additional space provides added floor space, making the toilets large enough for someone in a wheelchair to maneuver.

How many portable toilets for a crowd?

When choosing the toilets for your wedding, you need to ensure you have both the right type of toilets and the right number. Most wedding planners recommend one toilet per 25 guests, especially if there’s an open bar. (For obvious reasons!) For a wedding anticipating 150 guests, plan for three to four stalls for women and three stalls for men. However, adding more toilets will improve the comfort of your guests.

In addition, consider adding at least one ADA-compliant toilet. The additional floor space will be helpful to guests with young children, older family members and other guests who may have mobility needs, and even the bride yourself with your gown and its added layers. The larger restroom space will create a better overall experience for your guests and your bridal party.

If your location has access to water and electricity, you may be able to rent a restroom trailer with sinks and stalls. At ZTERS, we work with brides and wedding planners to find the right portable toilets for your location and the time of year when you’ll be getting married.

How far in advance should you rent?

In warmer months of the year, portable toilet rental is in high demand. Many summer brides are surprised to learn that the company they chose for portable toilet rental has run out of available toilets, especially the high-demand ADA-complaint models. If your wedding falls on a week when your community has several outdoor events or large festivals, you will have even more trouble finding available toilets.

Plan to book your toilets two to three months in advance. If you have your date and location reserved earlier than that, go ahead and start calling to make those toilet reservations. Fall brides should also be aware October is usually the busiest month for renting portable toilets. With all those hay rides, pumpkin patches, and outdoor haunted houses, toilet rentals can be hard to come by.

Portable toilet rental may not be the most glamorous part of your outdoor wedding, but it is one of the most important factors. It’s also the easiest to forget. Make portable toilets a main part of your wedding planning to ensure the entire day goes off without a hitch. We schedule toilet rentals nationwide, 365 days a year. Give us a call to help find the right toilets for your wedding.

Commercial Waste Service: Expectations vs. Reality

Whether you manage one or multiple commercial facilities, chances are you’ve had some pain points around your permanent commercial waste service. If you manage multiple sites, you may be dealing with multiple vendors, multiple invoices and multiple points of contact each time you call or email. And with the 2018 changes in recycling processing, managing recyclables adds another layer of research and responsibility. As if you don’t have enough to do in your day?

Does the reality of your service live up to the expectations you had when you signed that contract? Or do you now get a handful of invoices, a slew of hidden fees, and a different person answering your call each time you have a question? That’s not uncommon. Here are some things to look for when sourcing your next permanent commercial waste provider. Keeping these things in mind will help make sure your expectations meet reality when it’s time to have your garbage hauled away.

Do you have customized service?

Your property is unique. You have a certain amount of space for your commercial dumpster, and you have a specific workflow to accommodate. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a warehouse, a strip mall or a high-rise building, your trash solution has to fit your available space and traffic flow. Did you receive a custom solution? Were you offered compactor options? Compactors can save money by reducing the number of pickups. Plus, there are several types and sizes that may work with your facility. Your commercial waste service provider should take the time to get to know your property and your people to find the most economical solution.

Ask about centralized billing

Have you ever signed a contract for waste collection at multiple locations and found out later that you’d be invoiced for each location individually? It happens. And good luck dealing with accounting if an invoice is wrong. (And, yes, you’ll have to check all those invoices individually to make sure you’re properly billed.) Your commercial waste service should provide easy, centralized billing no matter how many locations are on your account. Don’t wait until you’re already in a long-term contract to find out your invoicing wasn’t what you expected.

How much does commercial waste service cost?

Does your facility dispose of hazardous waste? What about recyclables, pharmaceuticals, and occasional bulky items? Did your waste provider explain any additional fees that would be added to your invoice? Do they understand special municipal fees or ordinances in your area? As part of your initial consultation, make sure your account manager understands the reality of your garbage. They’ll be able to research additional fees and help you anticipate whether you’ll have occasional overages and what that would cost. They can also help you decide if a compactor is right for your facility and what size and type would work best for you.

Demand quality customer service

When you talk to a commercial waste provider and ask for a quote, find out if you’ll have a dedicated account manager. One point of contact when you have a problem saves time and helps you build a personal relationship with someone you can trust. Companies that provide dedicated account managers tend to invest in their relationships. Account managers take ownership of their accounts and strive to provide excellent support. They have time to learn about your business. This ensures your facilities have the proper equipment and pickup schedules to stay clean, safe, and garbage free.

At ZTERS, we offer permanent waste solutions for commercial buildings nationwide. Our dedicated account managers make sure you have exactly what you need to meet your commercial waste needs. After all, your garbage collection reality should meet your expectations. Reliable service, transparent pricing, and no hidden fees. Contact us today for a free quote.

What to Know About the Types of Temporary Fence Rentals

Installing a fence is a costly and labor-intensive project, and you don’t need long-term fencing for construction sites or events. Temporary fence rentals give you the option to place fencing temporarily, provide a solid barrier, and protect your site without a permanent fence structure. Not sure what options are available with fencing rentals? Here’s a closer look at when you’ll need temporary fencing and the types you can rent.

When do you need to rent fencing?

On construction sites and at festivals, safety is usually your top concern. And temporary fencing is a critical component to your safety plan. In fact, it is considered so important to the safety of a construction site, that fencing is required under state and federal laws. It also helps minimize your liability, and your insurance costs, if an accident occurs.

Temporary fencing also helps with outdoor events. Rent event fencing to set up parameters for the event to ensure only paid or invited guests participate. It also helps with crowd control. Not only does it keep people in safe areas, but temporary fencing can set apart VIP areas, keep restrooms more secluded, or to protect talent from excited fans.

Will you have alcohol at your event? Local and state ordinances may require you to fence off areas where alcohol is served. Be sure to check regulations and get the proper fencing.

Types of temporary fencing

Temporary fencing comes in several different varieties to meet a range of needs. Before renting temporary fencing, determine your needs and goals for the fencing. Do you just need a visual barrier, or are you looking for more safety and security to keep out intruders? Here are the most common types of temporary fencing to consider:

Fencing panels

Add the benefit of a chain-link fence without the installation hassle by renting fencing panels. The panels resemble chain link fencing and are typically made from durable steel in 10- and 12-foot widths. They come in heights of 4, 6, and 8 feet to accommodate your specific site needs. These fencing panels create a tall barrier that is difficult to pass. And you can add sandbags, privacy screens, and gates to improve the function and durability of the fence while it is set up. This is the most common type of construction temporary fencing.

Barricades

Barricades are lighter weight and shorter than fence panels, which makes them easier to maneuver into place. Plus, they’re made of strong, galvanized steel. Their strength stands up to aggressive crowds when needed, yet they’re relatively lightweight. Barricades are sometimes also called “bike fencing” because you can also use them as temporary bike racks. Temporary barricades are easy to hook together to create the boundary you need. This means you can easily set them up and take them down, even for one-day events. Use them to establish boundaries for races, concerts, and similar events where spectators need to be able to see while still staying away from the action.

Orange fencing

For areas where heavy machinery or other dangerous tools may be in use, temporary orange fencing is a strong plastic mesh that warns people to stay out of the area. Check local ordinances. You may be able to use orange fencing versus fencing panels as a lightweight alternative. If you have a large or complex site, may want to use both. Either way, make sure your crew and others are safely away from construction danger zones.

Need orange fencing as an add-on to your other site services like portable toilets, portable offices and storage containers? We can get that delivered for you.

No matter which temporary fencing you choose, it will improve the safety and security of your construction site or event. Renting temporary fencing instead of buying it allows you to keep your costs down, because you only pay for the fencing you need as you are using it. Call us to schedule fencing for your project, and we can help you decide on the type and amount you’ll need.

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Ask Angela: What kind of porta potties will show up at my outdoor wedding?

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS Site Solutions. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website.

Dear Angela, I’m planning an outdoor wedding, but I’m worried the portable toilets will end up being gross. I don’t want our guests having a negative bathroom experience. Should we go ahead and rent them, or is there another option?

Angela: First, congratulations on your wedding! And kudos on planning an outdoor event. A lot of people call us with questions and concerns about the quality of portable toilets at their events, so I hear this question a lot.

Most people don’t realize this, but the toilets used at events aren’t what you probably picture when you think about portable toilets on construction sites or work zones. You’re not going to get a dirty, worn out bathroom at your event.

There are two things to consider with event toilets. First, there’s a porta potty life cycle. And second, there are several different options to choose from.

Believe it or not, there’s a natural life cycle to portable toilet rentals. When they’re first constructed and brand new, those are considered event-grade toilets. Once they’ve been used for a while and they’re not as new, they move on to become construction site toilets. They’re still nice toilets! But they’re not as new as when they were first built.

The point is, there’s a gradation that happens where they move down the line until their useful life is over. So, you won’t need to worry about low-quality toilets being delivered to your wedding.

Next, you have several options for your toilet rental! There are event toilets that are just toilets and urinals. There are toilets with sinks instead of urinals. There are even flushable units that have a manual flushing system! They use gravity to make the portable toilet a lot more like a regular toilet. In other words, your guests won’t see down in the tank!

And since it’s your wedding, you may want to ask about an ADA or wheelchair-accessible unit. They’re a little larger and will better accommodate you in your dress and your bridal party if they’re wearing large or constrictive dresses. You’ll all have more room to move around.

One last thing I always like to mention—make sure you book your toilets up to three months in advance. Especially during the summer months, because there are so many festivals and outdoor events. You should book your toilets early, but even if you forget (and a lot of people do!), we can probably help you find last-minute toilets if you give us a couple days’ notice. You may have to pay a fee for ordering on short notice but give us a call and we’ll do our best to find what you need.

Most people don’t realize this, but October is actually the busiest month for portable toilets because there are so many haunted houses and pumpkin patches that run all month. If your wedding is in the summer or October—call and rent those toilets at least three months in advance!

I hope that helps put your mind at ease—you and your guests will be perfectly fine in your porta potty rentals. And if you need help figuring out how many to rent or what type is best for your guests, give us a call here at ZTERS and we can help you get what you need.

5 Portable Toilet Rental Myths Busted

Imagine you’ve been planning an outdoor wedding or a family reunion for months. You secured the space. You called the tent rental, the caterer, and the florist. If it’s a smaller affair, maybe you rounded up family members to divvy up the DIY responsibilities. But what about the bathroom facilities? A week before the event you discover there are no restrooms for miles, and you’re about to have grandma and about 18 nieces and nephews looking for a portable toilet. Before you have a panic attack about renting a portable toilet, here are some of the top porta potty myths and why they’re really not so bad.

Myth #1 Event porta potties are gross.

A lot of people think they’re going to arrive at the site and find a raggedy, old, beat-down toilet at their wedding or event. Actually, that isn’t how it works!

Portable toilets have a life cycle just like almost everything else. Brand new porta potties are first put into circulation as events toilets. So, the ones you’ll be receiving are relatively new and kept in like-new condition. Let’s be honest, no one wants a raggedy restroom at their wedding. Toilet vendors understand that.

Myth #2 There’s only one size of rental toilet—and it’s too small.

If you’ve ever been to a race or a public outdoor event where you’ve squeezed into a porta potty, you might think they’re way too small for a bride in a gown. Most people are going to be perfectly comfortable in a regular sized portable toilet, but that whole dress situation is a real problem.

However, there are larger porta potties specifically made to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. They’re large enough for a wheelchair to enter and do a 360-degree turn. That’s plenty of space for a bride in even the largest gown. There are also bathroom trailers if the location has the space and water capabilities to support it.

Myth #3 I can just rent a portable toilet the week before the wedding!

Probably not, so don’t even try it! Do you know how many outdoor festivals, concerts, and races take place in spring and summer—the same months as most outdoor weddings and family reunions? That creates a huge demand for portable toilets. If you’re planning a spring or summer event, in particular, make sure you’ve called to book portable toilets at least three months in advance. If you know the area hosts a lot of festivals, call even further in advance.

You know the one month when porta potties are almost always sold out months in advance? October. Those haunted houses and pumpkin patches take up a lot of toilets! If you’re planning an October event, book months in advance. Better to call too early than to be left without a toilet.

Myth #4 I don’t need a porta potty at the park.

Are you sure about that? Sometimes people assume there will be public bathrooms at a public park, but don’t count on it. Double check and decide if you need to rent a couple to be on the safe side. One caveat about renting toilets on public land—make sure you contact the municipality that manages the park and find out what permits are needed. They’ll likely have specific instructions and procedures for you to follow.

Also make sure to ask if the toilets need liners or if there are any other special considerations. Sometimes you can rent portable toilets attached to trailers that can be easily towed into and out of the park. If you’re using a broker like ZTERS, we can help you decide which option is right for your location.

Myth #5 I can put a toilet anywhere!

Which brings us to—can you put a portable toilet anywhere? You can put them in more places than you might realize, but sometimes there are special circumstances. Some locations will require special liners. Beaches, for example, often require special handling. And yes, you will probably need to take your own toilets to a beach event! And some locations will be difficult or impossible to reach by truck.

If there’s a chance your location will be difficult to get to, or they may have special requirements, then definitely book in advance and consider working with a broker like ZTERS. We specialize in helping customers find the best solutions, and we’ve been working with people nationwide for more than a decade. We can help you find the right solutions for your wedding or event.