Why Buy A Porta Potty When You Can Build An Outhouse?

Posted on: 8 December 2016

If you have the permanent need for an outdoor toilet, you have the options of buying a porta potty or building an outhouse. However, before you start digging a hole and hauling in lumber, consider the advantages of a porta potty.

Sanitation and Odor

While you can keep putting lime or other chemicals and minerals into the hole in an outhouse, the odor will eventually catch up with you. A porta potty keeps all the waste products contained in a tank. Not only will this keep a lid on the odor, it will also prevent the waste from leaching into the ground. Once in the ground, it can get into the water supply, which can be very bad if you have a well that provides all the water for your home. Even without a well, any bacteria can multiply and end up in any vegetation you are growing. Anyone walking around in your grass with bare feet, or any animals, can become sick from the bacteria as well.


While you could dig a new hole and move the shed part of an outhouse, you might accidentally damage the shed, meaning potentially costly repairs. In addition, to have a safe outhouse the corner posts should be cemented into the ground. Like it's name suggests, a porta potty is totally portable. If it needs to be moved for a day or so, or even permanently, the whole thing is easily moved on a truck bed. Of course, to make things easier be sure to have it emptied before moving it.


Porta potties are built to last. They can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years depending on how much they are used. An outhouse made of wood will need to be painted every couple of years and some of the wood will need to be replaced regularly. In addition, you will need to pay for the lime or other chemicals used to keep down the odor. You can take the tank out of a porta potty and empty it at a waste disposal station. There may be a small fee for this, but if it is only used by family and friends occasionally, it won't need to be done often. The average tank can hold up to roughly 720 "flushes" before it is full.

Porta potties are available in a variety of styles and with a wide range of "plumbing" options. If you do not want everyone running in and out of the house all the time, tracking in dirt or disrupting the temperature inside, consider a porta potty. Talk with a company like B & B Drain Tech Inc to learn more about porta potty usage.