Portable toilets provide a sanitary and convenient bathroom solution for outdoor events, construction sites, camping and more. However, they require proper emptying and cleaning to control odors and prevent contamination. Here is a step-by-step guide on safely emptying and maintaining Portable Toilet.
Gather the Right Gear
You’ll need the following safety gear and cleaning tools:
– Protective overalls, gloves, boots and face mask
– Toilet chemicals like formaldehyde or glycol
– Scrub brush, disinfectant and air freshener
– Hose with pressurized water hookup
– Waste pump and tank
Avoid splashing by also wearing goggles or a face shield.
Prepare the Toilet for Emptying
Start by using a tank wand to gauge the waste level. If the tank is less than half full, add more flushing fluid like deodorizer or a holding tank treatment. This pre-treats the waste for easier pumping.
Next, detach the toilet from its moorings and wheel it to an appropriate disposal area. Many portable toilet rental companies offer pickup and disposal services for a fee.
Connect the Hoses
Working outdoors, connect one end of the hose to a water supply like a spigot or pump. Connect the other end to the flushing mechanism inside the portable toilet tank.
Connect a second hose from the waste pump to the discharge outlet on the portable toilet tank. The pump will force waste through this hose during evacuation.
Flush the Toilet Waste Into the Pump
Standing outside opposite the discharge outlet, turn on the water supply to begin flushing. Let it run for several minutes.
Turn on the pump and allow it to run until the water flowing out of the toilet runs clear. All waste should now be transferred into the holding tank.
Rinse and Scrub Inside the Tank
With waste evacuated, climb inside the holding tank. Use a scrub brush and cleaning solution to thoroughly wash down the interior surfaces.
Target any corners or crevices where waste accumulates. Rinse with fresh water and repeat scrubbing until all residue is gone.
Deodorize and Disinfect Tank
Spray down all tank surfaces with a disinfectant cleaner. Allow the solution to sit for the manufacturer recommended contact time to fully sanitize the interior.
Sprinkle on a holding tank deodorizer like formaldehyde while the tank is still wet. This provides lasting odor control.
Finish by spraying an air freshener or introducing a slow-release fragrance packet.
Pump Out Discharge Waste
Once tank cleaning is complete, detach the pump hose from the toilet waste outlet. Insert the hose into an approved septic, sewer or wastewater system.
Turn on the pump to empty the discharge waste from the holding tank. Rinse the emptied holding tank if needed.
## Refill Toilet Fluids and Reassemble
Refill the toilet tank with fresh water until it reaches the recommended level. Add more toilet chemical packets.
Reattach all hoses and moorings before sliding the portable toilet back into place.
Maintain Exterior Surfaces
On the outside of the portable toilet, use a scrub brush and cleaning solution to wash down the walls, floors and urinal surfaces. Target tough stains or discoloration.
Rinse everything thoroughly with fresh water and let dry in the open air. Wipe down all handles, doors and seating surfaces with a disinfectant cleaner.
Practice Proper Waste Disposal
Confirm that all drained fluids are being pumped into an approved sanitary sewer system. Never dispose of portable toilet waste openly onto the ground or a storm sewer.
Rinse down the waste pumping equipment to remove all residue. Properly store hoses to prevent contamination before transporting.
Schedule Regular Service
Depending on usage, portable toilets typically require emptying every 4-7 days. Schedule regular service with a pumping contractor to prevent overflowing.
For heavy use, inspect toilet paper, hand sanitizer and chemical levels daily. Immediately request an unscheduled pumping if tanks near capacity.
By following sanitary emptying procedures and maintaining cleanliness, portable toilets can continue providing safe, hygienic service despite heavy usage. Ensure tanks are fully evacuated and scrubbed at each pumping.
Schedule waste removal before tanks reach 25% capacity to prevent overflow issues. With routine service, portable toilets remain odor-free and inviting to users, event after event.