Fresh flush and recirculating toilets face the same cold-weather challenges as conventional portable restrooms, like frozen tank water. There is also the added challenge of preventing frozen water lines and valves. Once the temperatures drop, it’s time to prepare units for continued use or put them away for the winter. Both actions require winterization.
The methods used for winterizing sinks, tanks, and toilets differ among PROs. A good practice is to check with your portable restroom manufacturer for suggestions and follow standard guidelines for your climate. Use these tips to protect your portable flushing toilets this winter.
If your flushing units aren’t winterized when temperatures drop below freezing, problems occur. Some regions have temperatures that fluctuate, from comfortable to freezing, overnight. Others drop to freezing and remain there for months.
In areas with moderate temperatures, you can watch the weather and act proactively (and save yourself money) by adding de-icing solutions only during freezing weather. However, if you reside in a colder climate, these solutions can help your equipment stay functional during the ups and downs of autumn. But once the warm temperatures are gone until spring, it’s time to winterize your flushing units and sinks.
Freezing temperatures will turn your waste and holding tank water into ice and could also damage your lines. If you’re putting away your flushing units for the winter, it’s essential to remove all water and waste. Empty your lines and tanks, then leave the valves open. Remember to remove your soap and sanitizer to prevent freezing.
However, if you want to keep using your flushing units, here are five methods for tank winterization:
Flushing units are an excellent investment for PROs, especially when your market includes high-end events. However, you must take special care to protect your units during the winter. Follow tips for winterization, and refer to manufacturer guidance when in doubt.
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