Types of Portable Toilets
A portable or mobility toilet is basically any kind of toilet which is movable around, either by one individual or by mechanical devices. Most kinds don’t need any pre-existing infrastructure, like sewage disposal, but rather are fully self-contained. These toilets may not have a seat and typically are designed to have a wheel which can be placed on the ground for support. The wheels of the toilet are usually powered either electronically, hydraulically, or by some combination of both.
Typically, this kind of toilet is designed with a wide base support which can hold the weight of one person. There is a drain at the bottom of the toilet, and often there is an external hose attached which drains waste into a pit latrine, or outside the house. Because this kind of toilet can be easily moved, it is ideal for people with mobility problems, and also provides a more sanitary alternative than a pit latrine. This type of toilet is commonly installed outside the home, though if the area is large enough, it may be installed into a smaller building. Portable toilets are particularly popular in public facilities, because of their ease of use.
They are similar to pit toilets, except that they don’t have a hole in the center of the toilet pan. Portable toilets also have a drain at the bottom of the tank, and often there is an external hose attached to the portability of the device. Again, this is useful for sanitation, as waste water can be disposed of outside the facility where it is generated. In addition, portable toilets are often made to take advantage of gravity in the event that they may be stuck in the tank for any period of time. They can also provide more sanitary options than a pit toilet because they don’t rely on sewage waste being pumped out through a pipe.
Another type of portable toilet, which isn’t actually a toilet at all, is called a bucket toilet. Bucket toilets are similar to potty toilets, in that they rely on gravity to move the waste from one end of the bucket to the other. As with pit toilets, however, bucket toilets can experience the flapper effect, in which waste will collect at the bottom of the bucket. The use of plastic waste bins as well as the use of some form of low pressure mechanism to propel the waste along the drain are two ways that bucket toilets differ from most other types of portable toilets. One other advantage of the bucket toilet is the ability to use minimal amounts of water, since all the water used goes to moving the waste around.
A type of portable toilet, which is most closely identified by its sound of clanging or rattling, is the thunderbolt toilet. There are basically two types of thunderbox toilets – one with a plastic tank, and one with a metal tank. The difference between the two is the type of mechanism that causes the toilet to rattles or make an unpleasant noise. Typically, a thunderbox toilet will be placed in areas where sanitation is either limited or where sanitation can be a problem, like near the end of a public restroom or near a food service line. Since most homeowners own cars, the chances of placing a thunderbox toilet in such locations increase.
In order to prevent serious illness and/or disease, and to protect residents of public restrooms and food service lines, many jurisdictions require that portable toilets be installed in water closets. Water closets can store waste temporarily, allowing workers to use the restroom while it fills with waste. It is recommended that you buy a quiet, hard-working toilet pump, preferably one that operates quietly and doesn’t make annoying noises when it is in use. In addition to the water closet, you should install a waste collection basket in your restroom in order to collect any uneaten waste. Finally, don’t forget to buy a sturdy lid, one that does not blow away in high winds.