Although porta potties have a reputation for being smelly, modern porta potties are designed to smell just like a restroom you would find in a home or business, as long as it is properly used and maintained. Ventilation systems in modern porta-potties are designed to move fumes outside, which prevents stinky smells from building up inside the potty itself. Special deodorizers that are also added to the tank help to reduce bacteria and inhibit odors. With regular cleaning and servicing, users of your porta potty will always experience a clean smelling fragrance.
Do Porta Potties Come with Ventilation Fans?
Most porta potties do not have a ventilation fan. But as long as the toilet seat is kept down and the potty is well maintained, odors and toxic fumes are not likely to build up, making a fan unnecessary. However, some porta potties, such as those that come with solar panels for power and the premium grade feature-rich potties, come with built-in ventilation fans. These fans further reduce odors and can also offer users more privacy.
How Are Gases Ventilated from Porta Potties?
Modern porta potties utilize a series of pipes that ventilates odors and helps prevent foul smells from staying inside the potty. As the holding tank receives waste, hot gases begin to build up and rise through the ventilation tube where it exits the potty. The cooler, lower pressure air outside of the porta potty also helps to “draw out” the warmer, higher pressure fumes that accumulate within the holding tank. When it’s breezy outside, the ventilation system works more efficiently because the air moving over the opening of the ventilation tube helps to draw out more of the gases. Ultimately, this ingenious design permits odors to exit the unit before they build up within potty, thus preventing users from being overcome by noxious fumes.
Should I Leave the Toilet Seat Up?
You should keep the seat down in your porta potty unit. The toilet seat helps to ensure that the unit is properly ventilated. When the seat is down, the fumes and odors that build up in the holding tank are directed to exit the unit through the ventilation tube. When the seat is left up, the fumes will start building up inside the potty, which leaves an unpleasant odor for the next person who opens the door.
Does Weather Impact Porta Potty Ventilation?
Weather can have an impact on the ventilation system. For example, when it is hot outside, odors will build up and accumulate in the holding tank and inside the unit. If the porta potty is well-designed and properly maintained, odors will be limited on a hot day, as long as the seat is kept closed. When it comes to colder weather, odors tend to build up more slowly.
How Can I Deodorize A Porta Potty?
When a porta potty is heavily used, smells and odors can start to accumulate within the unit. To temporarily relieve odors, you can add additional deodorizing detergent to the tank water. After adding the detergent, leave the door open for 5-10 minutes to let the fumes escape. You can also try to remove or mask the odors with deodorizing sprays. If excess odors are building up on a regular basis, you should have the unit serviced. The majority of porta potties are only good for 100 to 150 uses before they need servicing.
How Do I Keep Odors Under Control?
Regularly servicing and making sure that the potty is not being over-utilized is the best way to eliminate fumes and foul smells that will prevent people from using your unit. When a porta-potty is serviced, the holding tank is emptied and refilled with sanitizing deodorizers. These deodorizers are designed to kill bacteria and inhibit odors. Making sure you have the right amount of potties for your event will also help to keep odors under control.
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