Regular Porta Potty

porta potty on a home job siteEverything You Need To Know About Standard Porta Potties

If you are about to host a big event in San Antonio, you may be worried about getting it right especially the food, the venue, or the entertainment. But here’s something else you may have overlooked, the bathroom situation. This is where having your own set of standard portable toilets can literally save or ruin your evening.

Even with the very best itinerary, full of reliable staff and delicious food. The last thing anyone wants is to wait, especially when it comes to a bathroom situation; with a bit of preparation, you can avoid any frustration and focus on creating the most memorable event for your guests.

How Many Standard Porta Potties Will You Need?

When it comes to determining how many you will need; the formula that is most often used is hours / largest possible attendance x 10 = total. And you add 15%-25% more if alcohol is part of the itinerary.


240 minutes (4 hours) divided by 200 people x 10 = 12 units.

If you have a guest with a disability, we recommend you add in 1 unit for handicaps as well as handwashing stations. In this scenario, you will need 3. The formula is: units / 4 = total.

How Many Types Are There?

There are generally 2 types, standard and deluxe portable toilets with varying options.

For example, some standard portable toilets come with a tissue and hand sanitizing dispenser with a handwashing station, some don’t.

Most deluxe units are what you might think as a fully, functional (portable) bathroom, complete with sink, amenities, and running water, some even have hot water.

Tip: avoid the cheapest option, go a step above it. Do not sacrifice comfort.

What To Look For In A Rental Service:


While being in business for years is a fantastic indicator of reliability. The best way to find out if they are the one for you is through testimonials from previous clients, online reviews, the positives must outweigh the negatives.

Response Time

When it comes to the comfort of your guests, the last thing you want to experience is complications with your rental unit and your rental service taking hours to get it fixed. You want fast (under 30 minutes) to fix or move a unit.

Equipment Management

Aside from you having multiple service options from standard porta potties to deluxe units, handicap units, pump-out service, baby stations, on-site staff, and handwashing stations. To avoid misconceptions about porta-potties, each unit must have the following:

  • You want the unit to have adequate lighting during the day and/or nighttime. People don’t feel comfortable if they can’t see it.
  • Aside from standard bathroom needs, you may have guests with disabilities or babies. Installing a baby station will avoid frustrations.
  • Not only should units be cleaned every 30-60 minutes. It should have a waste tank that can hold, at least, 60 gallons of waste material.
  • Tip: a 250-gallon waste tank, can take care of a 10-man crew with a workweek of 40-hours (5 days, 8 hours each).


When Do I Need A Porta Potty?

During an event such as:

  • Festivals
  • Fundraisers
  • Sporting Events or Tournaments
  • Corporate Events
  • Concerts
  • Trade shows, farmer’s markets, or craft markets

Where Do I Place A Unit?

Anywhere surface that is level and sturdy. We advise placing your units, in a space where people can comfortably from a long line.

How Often Should A Unit Be Cleaned?

Just like any commercial bathroom, it will depend on the amount of traffic it gets. If you have a big event with hundreds of people, we advice every 20-30 minutes and if you have a small event with 30-75 people, every 60 minutes. Don’t worry, cleaning usually only takes 3-10minutes.