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How to Properly Set Up Your Ground Heater and Ground Thaw Blankets

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There’s some awesome things about winter. Basketball and hockey season rolls around. Thanksgiving and Christmas offer some much-needed vacation spent eating delicious food with friends and family. The snow provides a beautiful landscape when it covers the ground and trees. You get to watch holiday classics like Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Christmas Vacation for the 20th time. However, there are some drawbacks of winter as well. Especially in the frigid midwestern winters we experience in Minnesota. Icy roads, warming up our vehicles in the morning, sub-zero wind chill. And for construction sites, winter freezes the ground, making conditions for work extremely difficult. To combat the frozen ground, construction crews have to find ways to warm up the ground so that they can execute their work. Two popular and effective ways for construction crews to combat the elements is by setting up ground heaters and laying down ground thaw blankets. By unfreezing the ground, crews are able to complete their work without missing deadlines due to weather.

When to Use Ground Thaw Blankets

Most construction work that requires digging into the earth benefits from the use of ground thaw blankets. Some examples of the types of construction work includes:
  • Curing Concrete: There’s a ton of different reasons a construction crew would need to pour concrete on the job site. Doing so in the winter is a difficult task, as concrete needs to be at least 50°F in order to settle properly. Ground thaw blankets help crews keep the the concrete warm during the curing process, especially overnight.
  • Brickwork and Blockwork: Similar to concrete, brickwork needs to be done above 50°F. Dropping a few layers of ground thaw blankets can keep the ground and materials warm overnight when the temperature drops the most.
  • Landscaping: Nothing will stall a landscaping job quicker than the ground freezing overnight. By throwing down some ground thaw blankets, a landscaping crew won’t lose valuable work time waiting for the ground to thaw.  

Setting Up Ground Thaw Blankets

To set up ground thaw blankets, you first need to assess the areas of your site that need to be thawed. Whether you rent out your thaw blankets or buy them, you’ll want to know how much space you’re going to need to thaw before you place your order. Measure out the space ahead of time so you have a feel for how many blankets you’ll need. Once you get your order of blankets, set up is easy. Just position them on top of the area you need thawed or warmed. Layering them is an effective tactic if you’re facing extreme conditions.

When to Use Ground Heaters

Ground Heaters come in a variety of size and can generate a ton of heat to warm the ground of your site. Some of the uses for a ground heater include:
  • Thawing Frozen Ground: Any type of excavation of the ground is next to impossible when the earth is frozen.  Use a ground heater to soften the ground.
  • Curing Concrete: When it comes to curing concrete in the cold, using both ground thaw blankets and a ground heater is the way to go. On Site’s E1100 Hydronic Ground Thaw Heater is particularly effective.
  • Keeping Your Crew Warm: Ground heaters will also warm up the air around the jobsite, keeping your crew warm so they can perform their jobs comfortably.

Setting Up Ground Heaters

Similar to setting up ground thaw blankets, you’ll want to know how much ground needs to be thawed before contacting a company to rent or purchase heaters. Ground heaters come in a variety of sizes, so deciding which ground heater you select will depend greatly on the temperature of the ground and the area that needs to be thawed. Typically when you set up your ground heater you will ensure that the tank is full of fuel so it can run overnight. That way when your crew arrives on site the next morning, the ground is thawed and work is ready to commence. Many heaters can run for several days. At On Site, we have heaters available that can run for as long as 105 continuous hours, like the E1250 Hydronic Ground Heater.

Rent Your Ground Thawing Solution From On Site Today

Working construction in the winter elements is never ideal for a construction crew. But, by providing your team with ground heaters and ground thaw blankets, you’ll be able to take jobs on later in the season and create additional streams of revenue for your construction business. To learn more about our ground thawing solutions, contact On Site today and tell us about your climate-related issue.

How Many Porta Potties Do You Need for Your Road Construction Project?

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At On Site, we know everything that there is to know about portable sanitation products. It might not seem like the most glamorous of businesses, but it’s a vital one. When you’re on a road construction site, the last thing you want is to worry about is where you can go to the bathroom. For larger projects, there nothing worse than having to walk half a mile to get to the nearest restroom, or to have to wait in line during lunch when all of your coworkers are also trying to relieve themselves. Portable restrooms have come a far way since their inception. On Site porta potties can be partnered with any number of our accompanying portable sanitation stations, such as our construction hand wash stations. From our Standard Construction Unit to our specially designed High Rise Unit, we can provide your job site with all of the equipment that you need to keep your work area and workers clean and comfortable. Taking a job in the suburbs or in a neighboring town? Not a problem. All of our porta potties configurations listed below are available for rent in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Mankato, and Rochester, Minnesota areas. We also offer rentals at our St. Louis, Missouri location. All On Site porta potties will be delivered clean and graffiti free.

Choosing The Right Porta Potties For Your Job Site

Standard Construction Restroom

The most popular choice for construction sites, the Standard Construction Restroom is built with sturdy materials that are designed to withstand the tough day-to-day life on a construction site.

Mobile Construction Restroom

The Mobile Construction Restroom is ideal for road construction crews. This restroom can easily be hooked up to a trailer hitch and be moved to a new location quickly, making it the perfect match for road construction and golf course jobs.

Hook Unit Portable Restroom

The Hook Unit Portable Restroom was made to be moved around via crane for easy moving, and multiple story builds. Easily attach the included strap to a crane on location to transfer this portable restroom from one area to another.

High Rise Portable Restroom

Our High Rise Portable Restroom has been designed to easily reduce in size so that it can effortlessly fit into small high rise elevators during construction. Unlike our hook restroom unit, this restroom can be rolled to any part of a high rise construction site, and then brought down for service through a service elevator. No crane required.

Fresh Flush Mobile Office

If you’re looking to add restroom facilities to your job site trailer than the Fresh Flush Mobile Office is for you. The Fresh Flush can be paired with our hot water SaniSink Hand Washing System to provide a more traditional restroom experience to your workers and site guests.

Calculating The Number Of Porta Potties You Need

So now that you’ve decided on which type of porta potty you need, it’s time to determine how many units you need for your road construction project. Below are our recommendations based on a standard eight hour work day or a 40 hour work week. When it comes to determining the number of porta potties you need, you’ll need to base the decision on the number of workers you’ll have each day. When deciding on the number of restrooms needed, you should base your decision on the highest number of employees you’ll ever have working. For example, if on Monday you’ll only have a five-person team but on Friday you’ll have a 15 person team you should base your rental decision on that higher number. For every 10 employees, we recommend one restroom. The numbers breakdown as followed: Construction porta potty Usage Chart

Outfit Your Worksite with On Site

Whether you have a three-person crew or a 30 person crew, our team can outfit your entire worksite with the facilities you need to stay happy and clean. Road construction site sanitation services boosts worker morale, productivity, and cuts cost. With our Mobile Portable Restrooms, you’ll be able to keep your entire crew happy while completing your next road construction project. Not sure about how many porta potties you need for your next job or want to request a quote? Shoot us a message and a member of our team will be more than happy to help you find the portable restroom solution that’s right for you.

How Often Do I Need My Construction Site Toilets to Be Pumped?

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Construction Sanitation

If you’re responsible for managing construction sites, odds are good that you’ve faced the unique challenge of providing your workers with clean and convenient spaces to use the restroom while they’re on the job. Of course, one of the best ways to address this problem is by ordering portable toilets. If you rent from a reputable provider, these units will be durable enough to withstand any harsh weather that strikes and come stocked with all of the sanitation resources your team will need. However, despite the incredible benefits that portable toilets bring to construction sites, they do have one major drawback compared to the standard bathrooms you find in homes: their limited capacity.  

Finding a Portable Toilet Provider Near Me

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Construction Sanitation Special Events Weddings

Planning an event, wedding or construction project involves finding a lot of vendors. Deciding on the right equipment providers can either make or break your project, so you may always be worried about picking the right one. Finding the right portable toilet vendor near you can also be a struggle.  

Where to Place Your Construction Porta Potties

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Construction Sanitation

Whether you’re new to the construction industry or you’re a seasoned veteran, deciding on placement of your jobsite porta potties requires some thought. There are so many factors that go into choosing where to place your construction porta potties. To help you out, we’ve compiled some handy rules of thumb to make the process easier.  

Safety Tips for Propane Construction Heaters

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Construction Heating

Construction projects aren’t operating in just the spring, summer and fall. Most jobsites keep working throughout the winter, and in the Midwest, this means cold temperatures for your workers.Renting portable construction heating equipment is helpful in keeping productivity up, and protecting the work you’ve already done. However, portable propane heaters come with some risks. We’re going to run through some quick safety tips to help you make sure your construction site stays safe when using portable propane construction heaters.  

Direct vs Indirect Fired Heaters

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Construction Heating

Working outside during winter weather or other extreme conditions can be a challenge, especially when you're at a construction site or a drafty manufacturing plant. Keeping tools and employees warm is vital to good work performance and helps achieve consistent, high-quality results. When it comes to choosing a heater for your business, there are several things you'll need to take into consideration.  

How to Prevent Vandalism to Your Porta Potties

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Construction Sanitation Security

I’m sure you’ve walked by a construction site or park and seen porta potties covered in graffiti. You may have also experienced people tipping over your porta potties or even lighting them on fire. These problems can make your construction site look bad, decrease productivity and cause you headaches. You might be asking yourself how to prevent this vandalism to your porta potties. First we’re going to walk you through the reasons why you should prevent vandalism to your porta potties, and then suggest the steps you can take to prevent it.  

How to Prevent Moisture Produced by Construction Heaters

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Construction Heating

When trying to heat your construction site, preventing moisture production may be on the top of your list. You may think the level of moisture that gets trapped in your construction site can only be prevented through the types of heaters you rent. Yet, that’s not necessarily the case.  

How to Choose Toilet Rentals for Small Home Construction Sites

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Construction Sanitation

If you've hired contractors to work on your home, or if you're a contractor who regularly does small home construction projects, having easily accessible porta potties for your workers is a must. You have a number of options to choose from when it comes to portable toilets.