It’s that time of year again when the temperature drops, and we all have to start worrying about our portable toilets freezing. Hosting outdoor events in the winter can be a challenge, but with a bit of planning, you can keep your guests comfortable and your portable toilets from freezing.
Emptying and cleaning your portable toilets regularly is the best way to prevent them from freezing. The waste is processed through the septic system, and the tank is refilled with fresh water. This helps to keep the toilet from freezing by keeping it clean and free of waste.
There are different ideas to keep portable toilets from freezing. Here are a few:
Rock salt is an effective way to prevent your portable toilet from freezing. Simply sprinkle a layer of salt around the base of the unit. You can also add salt to the water in the tank to help prevent it from freezing.
Rock salt contains chemicals that can damage the unit, so be sure to rinse it off with fresh water before using the toilet.
Apply De-icing Solutions
De-icing solutions are available for purchase at most hardware stores. Solutions usually come in a spray bottle and can be applied to the toilet seat, lid, and bowl. Here’s how you can apply a de-icing solution to your portable toilet:
- remove any existing ice from the toilet seat, lid, and bowl
- spray a generous amount of de-icing solution onto the affected areas
- use a brush or scrubber to work the solution into the ice
- allow the solution to sit for several minutes
- use a hose or bucket of water to flush the toilet and remove the solution
Repeat this process as necessary to prevent the toilet from freezing.
Methanol is a clear alcohol that can be bought at most hardware stores. It has a very low freezing point, so adding it to your toilet will help keep it from freezing. To use methanol, pour it into the toilet bowl until it is about half full. Methanol is also flammable, so take precautions and keep it away from open flames.
Magnesium Chloride contains an anti-freezing agent that can prevent your portable toilet from freezing. If you are using your portable toilet in an area prone to freezing temperatures, it is essential to take steps to prevent the toilet from freezing. One way to do this is to pour magnesium chloride into the toilet bowl before bed. The magnesium chloride will act as an anti-freezing agent and keep your toilet from freezing overnight. In the morning, flush the toilet to remove any residue.
Place the Portable Toilet in an Enclosed Area
One way to prevent your portable toilet from freezing is to place it in an enclosed area, such as a garage or shed. This will create a barrier between the cold outside air and the toilet, helping to keep it warm. If you don’t have an enclosed space available, you can try placing the toilet on a tarp or piece of plywood. This will help insulate the ground around the toilet and prevent heat from escaping.