Rain and Shine: Managing Restroom Trailers No Matter the Weather

Managing Restroom Trailers No Matter the Weather
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Rain and Shine: Managing Restroom Trailers No Matter the Weather

You put a lot of effort into your event space or job site. You iron out every detail and make sure everything is just right and taken care of. We understand your desire for perfection in all you do. So, when nasty weather threatens to ruin all of your hard work, we want to assure you that, on our end, everything will be just fine.

Handling wet inclement weather can be tricky but have no fear; bathroom trailers are up for the task and built to endure all sorts of conditions.

We put together a guide that takes you through the ins and outs of managing your portable restroom trailer rental in less-than-ideal conditions so you can have peace of mind that your event or job site can run smoothly.

Location, Location, Location

Who knew that real estate and bathroom trailers valued the same things?

When the sky looks rather ominous, or the weather channel has some bad news before your event, take extra care in choosing where you park your restroom trailers. You have to take into consideration all of the qualities you would have on a sunny day: How close the trailers are to your event or working space, placing them in an area accessible to all but also far enough out that it doesn’t cause a jam in the flow of foot traffic. These are all essential factors in the ideal placement of your trailers; however, adverse weather conditions add a few more to the mix.

When the forecast calls for heavy rain or extreme winds, there are other considerations. Parking your trailers on solid ground, like pavement or gravel, can prevent the tires from sinking into and getting stuck in mud. Additionally, putting your trailers next to a building or large trees can help protect them from harsh winds, acting as a buffer to keep your trailer from shaking when the wind blows.

Sunny Day? Seal the Deal

You might think that the only weather you have to make accommodations for is freezing cold or rainy weather. After all, pipes could freeze, leaks could happen, and the whole works. (Check this out for tips on how to winterize your trailer.) However, it’s important to consider what your fleet needs on a hot, sunny day, too.

Many portable restroom trailers have air conditioning units, which can be a lifesaver in the warmer months and keep your guests happy. You should make specific considerations with these trailers to keep them in good shape and working properly. One such consideration is power cords. It might seem like a given but ensure that you pack with you a power cord long enough to reach from your power source to your unit. If you stretch a cord out too far, the air conditioning unit within the trailer may not work correctly, making your trailer an oven on a hot day.

Strategically placing your trailer in a shady area can also be helpful on particularly sunny days in the warmer months. This maintains a more pleasant temperature in the trailer and is essential if your fleet doesn’t include air-conditioned units.

Prepping for Your Guests

When the weather looks unpleasant, ensuring your guests have a positive restroom experience is more important than ever. Prioritizing your users' experience is a great way to show clients, guests, and employees that you care, but it can also help put their safety first.

In icy conditions, or when snow is on the forecast, salting the pavement that leads to your trailers helps prevent water from freezing over and creating a fall risk. Also, ensure that the ramps and stairs up to your units are ice-free. When snow accumulates, shoveling the path to and from the restrooms helps people get there quickly and safely, and they will surely appreciate not having to trek through the snow to relieve themselves.

If the wind allows, when it is raining or snowing, tents or canopies that provide shelter from the elements will help those queuing for the facilities stay dry and warm. This is especially important at upscale events, where the precipitation may ruin fancy clothes, shoes, hair, and makeup. These coverings are also essential on sunny days as well, providing a cool place to line up for the restrooms, away from the sun.

These little additions require a bit of extra time and investment in products but are critical to keeping those using restroom trailers happy, safe, and dry.

Trailer Maintenance

We have discussed trailer maintenance before, but we still have to say it now: maintaining your trailer correctly is essential, no matter the weather. If anything, it’s more important to keep your trailer spick-and-span when conditions are worse.

Before leaving to set up, make sure that your trailer has everything it needs for the lousy weather. Road salts, canopies, and floor mats may all be necessary throughout the day, so be sure you have everything you need before reaching your site.

Throughout the day, check in on your trailer often. Act as soon as possible when you have to spread more salt or shovel snow to get ahead of any accumulation that may build up. Don’t forget to check inside your trailer, too. Water and mud can be tracked into restrooms, leaving the floor a muddy, yucky pool of unsafe, unsanitary, and unpleasant water. Mopping up excess water and dirt throughout the day keeps things tidy for your guests and allows for easier clean-up at the end of the day.

This is primarily for anyone who owns a portable restroom trailer, but it’s always a good idea to check rentals as well: Check the roofs of your units for any leaks that may need patching up, and in cold weather, check pipes to make sure they haven’t frozen. Check air conditioning units to ensure they are working properly. These issues aren’t too common, as trailers can withstand all types of weather, but they are important to look out for so that you can take care of them before they become a significant problem.

If you have a trailer equipped with air conditioning, check in on your heaters throughout the day. Keeping your guests warm when the weather is cold and wet is a common courtesy, but it prevents those pipes from freezing over and bursting, as we mentioned earlier.

Don’t Let Weather Spoil Your Plans

Bad weather doesn’t have to mean that your plans need to change, your event canceled, or your site closed down. With proper preparation and maintenance, you can use your mobile restroom trailer in the worst conditions with no worries.

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