Planning an Event? Avoid These Porta Potty Mistakes

July 30, 2019 9:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There’s a lot that goes into planning an event, but you should never underestimate the importance of the portable restroom. Having accessible and abundant bathrooms for your guests means they’re likely to stay longer, have a better time and spend more money. Here are some of the most commonly made mistakes when ordering and placing porta potties for your event. If you have any questions about porta potty service in Reading, PA, be sure to contact Scotties Potties. We can help you decide how many restrooms you’ll need, as well as brainstorm about placement and accessibility:

  • Not ordering enough restrooms: The single biggest mistake you can make is not ordering enough restrooms. If your guests can’t use the bathroom in a reasonable amount of time, they’re going to leave—no one can resist the call of nature! The farther they have to go, the less likely they are to come back. That means lost money. If your event is female-dominated and/or involves alcohol, this will increase the number of restrooms you should order.
  • Nowhere to wash hands: No one wants to eat with dirty hands—especially after they’ve used the restroom. Hand sanitizer is useful, but having water, soap and fresh paper towels goes a much longer way when you’re serving food at the event. When designing your event plan, be sure to have adequate hand-washing opportunities so your guests will linger at the event as long as possible.
  • Overlooking inaccessibility: ADA regulations stipulate that you must provide one ADA-accessible portable restroom per 10 regular portable restrooms provided. Furthermore, when you’re thinking about restroom placement, try to keep location in mind. ADA-accessible restrooms should be spread out and placed on flat ground—no curbs or hills! You should also consider entrances, exits and other high-traffic areas when deciding how to group your porta potties.
  • Not being family-friendly: Many outdoor events are geared toward families, so consider adding changing stations and areas where parents can feed their children. Some event planners add breastfeeding tents so that mothers can feed their children comfortably and privately. These kinds of thoughtful accommodations stick with your guests and will have them coming back for repeat visits.
  • Waiting too long to make a reservation: You should book your bathrooms at least four to eight weeks in advance, or risk minor calamities such as not being able to order enough porta potties and incurring extra fees. This is because, like all businesses, your portable restroom vendor needs advance notice to ensure they can meet your needs. Your vendor needs to be able to reserve the inventory for you as well as secure the labor they’ll need. Booking late runs the risk of needing multiple porta potty vendors—and that can be a logistical nightmare, particularly during the summertime, when outdoor events are happening nonstop.

If you’re planning an event and would like to take advantage of porta potty service in Reading, PA, contact the team at Scotties Potties today. We’ll gladly assist you with options and pricing information so your event goes off without a hitch.

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