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How to Prepare Your Job Site for Spring

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Being proactive is the best way to prepare your job site for the spring. We recommend that you do so as soon as possible to ensure that the right solutions will be available when you need it. Here are the top 5 must-haves for any job site as the weather begins to change.

1) Dehumidifiers

Whether it’s melting snow and ice from the winter or the April showers that bring May flowers, dehumidifiers are a must-have for your job site. Having dehumidifiers ready to go will keep that moisture away from your job site that makes it harder for your team to work.

 

2) Air Conditioners

When spring rolls around it’s time to put away the heaters and bring in the air conditioners. Having a cool job site will keep your employees safe and comfortable enough to work efficiently.

 

3) Air Filters

Having access to air filters to remove any harmful particles, odors, and chemicals that reach your job site is essential to keeping everyone safe. This is particularly important during wet spring months when mold and dust mites can accumulate if moisture isn’t addressed proactively.

 

4) Air Movers

Air movers such as prop fans, exhaust fans, and carpet blowers make a great addition to any job site. They increase the efficiency of the equipment discussed above by controlling the air flow and can also be used to help dry out any moist areas.

 

5) Portable Restrooms for Job Sites

Portable restrooms are essential to any job site to keep your team comfortable. Having employees use off site restrooms can be extremely expensive when you account for the increased time of restroom breaks. Standard restrooms are great, but mobile units, hook units, and high rise units are a game changer.

 

The On Site Solutions

On Site Companies has all of the above solutions help you prepare your job site for spring. It is never too early to begin planning for warmer weather. We recommend that our customers do so to ensure that we have the right solutions for you available when you need it. Call us today to discuss your needs – we would love to provide you with a quote specifically tailored to your job site.

 

 

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Portable Restroom Use in the Winter (Q&A)

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A lot of people assume that they can not use a portable restroom in the winter. They think that it isn’t possible due to the cold weather making the unit freeze. This is one of a few misconceptions that arise in the sanitation industry. Check out this guide for answers to common questions we tend to receive once the temperature begins to drop.

Can I use a portable restroom during the winter?

You can most definitely rent a portable restroom during the cold winter months. We have the infrastructure and proven processes to prepare your special event or job site for freezing temperatures. Cold weather will not stop you from enjoying portable sanitation.

How do you prevent a portable restroom from freezing?

We have several proven processes to prevent your portable restroom from freezing. We fill the tanks of our restrooms with a methanol mixture that will prevent water and waste from freezing. Our urinals are salted to prevent moisture from freezing as well. We recommend including portable restroom electric space heaters to your rental order to help keep your guests or employees warm.

Can I rent a luxury restroom trailer during the winter?

Some of our luxury restroom trailers are available for rent for cold weather outdoor use by using our Winter Packages that includes access to extra 110V – 20 AMP electrical circuits, Premier 170 heater, skirting, & heated hoses.

Our On Site Suite, Commercial Prestige, Versa, Comfort Station, and Prestige are all compatible with our Winter Package. Please contact us for more details.

Can I rent a luxury shower trailer during the winter?

Unfortunately, luxury shower trailers can’t be used outdoors during the winter. There’s too much running water in showers to be able to separate our methanol mixture that prevents freezing from potable water that is safe to bathe with. Consider placing the shower trailer indoors if you have access to indoor space.

How can I keep the ground from freezing or thaw frozen ground?

We have a wide selection of ground thawing units that can prevent the ground from freezing or thaw freezing ground. We recommend including ground thaw blankets to your rental order to maximize the efficiency of the heaters. This equipment can also be used to cure concrete during the winter as well.

How can I keep my entire special event or job site warm in the winter?

We have a wide selection of temporary, portable heating equipment to keep your special event or job site warm during the colder winter months. Please contact us for more information and how we can satisfy your unique needs to keep everyone warm.

The On Site Solutions

For over 30 years we have helped our community keep their special events and construction job sites sanitized and warm throughout the winter. Call us today or request a quote below for the perfect portable sanitation and temporary heating solution.

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Troubleshooting 101: Portable Heaters

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Troubleshooting portable heaters can be a difficult task. Just because your portable heater won’t start up doesn’t necessarily mean it’s broken. If you are using On Site Companies’ products and you run into this issue, be sure to use this helpful guide below to test why your equipment isn’t working.

If you are renting from us and are still unable to start your portable heater after carefully following the instructions below, please contact us at 651-429-3781 to schedule an On Site Heat Technician to be dispatched immediately.

Troubleshooting Portable Ground Heaters

  • Make sure there is power to the machine
  • Make sure there is fuel in the machine
  • For the E1100 – make sure to wrap fuel tank and fuel filter with extra hose and blanket to avoid fuel gelling
  • Make sure the unit is level – if not, machine may be showing a false low level fault
  • Check to make sure there is nothing laying on the lines
  • Be sure the pump is running (check flow meters – a.k.a. spinning dials) to make sure they are turning:
  • 1) If not pumping – check for low level fault light located on control panel
  • 2) If in low level fault – there may be a leak
  • Check for leaks
  • Make sure the burner is on:
  • 1) Check burner fault module located on the side door (green button and red light)
  • 2) Press and hold green button for 45 seconds to try and reset

 

Troubleshooting Standard Portable Heaters

  • Make sure the start button has been pressed
  • Be sure the heater is plugged in to a dedicated 120v / 20amp outlet
  • Check to see if the GFI/breaker has been tripped
  • Be sure the thermostat is set high enough to call for heat
  • Be sure the gas is on:
  • 1) For propane – check the valve to the tank and also the “t” valve right after the red regulator
  • 2) For natural gas – check the “t” valve right after the meter
  • If you are burning propane check to see if there is at least 20% in the tank
  • Be sure there are no materials blocking the front or back of the heater
  • Check to see if the hose is kinked or if there is anything on it such as lumber, vehicles, etc.
  • Be sure gas selector valve is in the correct position if applicable (natural gas or propane)
  • Be sure all extension cords are grounded
  • All ductwork must be straight to maintain constant air flow

 

We also have portable heater troubleshooting videos for a dirty flame sensor rod, dirty spark plug, and bad fuel connection.

 

The On Site Solutions

On Site Companies’ staff is full of industry experts that can provide you with solutions to your temporary heating needs. We take pride in providing you with the perfect equipment for your application and making sure it runs properly during your rental period. Browse our portable heaters and request a quote below!

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Top 5 Benefits of Using Methanol for Portable Restrooms

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One common misconception in the sanitation industry is that these types of services aren’t available in the winter. However, all of our branches in both Minnesota and Missouri take a very proactive approach to prevent water from freezing during the colder months. Here are the top 5 benefits of using methanol for portable restrooms.

1) Decrease Amount of Maintenance Needed

If a company providing portable restrooms does not use methanol or another method to prevent freezing this will cause a great inconvenience to the customer. This prevents restroom use until the company is able to fix it, which can be a lengthy process and occur often during a rental period depending on the season.

2) Prevent Fresh Water Contamination

In a worst-case scenario, the tank of a portable restroom can break. Even if your holding tank holds up, fresh water can get contaminated with frozen waste from a previous service due to layering. This is extremely unsanitary and could lead to illnesses.

3) Avoid Unpleasant Odors

Fresh water isn’t the only thing at risk when the temperature drops. If waste freezes it can cause very pungent odors and will give users a very unpleasant experience.

4) It’s Cleaner than Alternative Options

Some companies only use salts such as sodium chloride and magnesium chloride to prevent freezing. However, although these options may be cheaper in price, they ultimately leave residue in the tank that can build up if not thoroughly cleaned during every service.

5) Save the Environment

Using high amounts of salt increases the chances of grass damage resulting from spilled salt that doesn’t make it into the tank. This can prevent grass growth and even kill it entirely if enough salt is spilled.

The On Site Solutions

For over 30 years we have taken pride in our industry leading sanitation standards. Here is where you can find more information on our portable restrooms. Place orders for special events on our online shop.  Call us today or request a quote below for longer rentals.

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How to Start Your Temporary Heating Plan

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There are a lot of variables to consider when creating a temporary heating plan for the winter. By preparing accordingly, you can find an efficient heating solution that is cost effective and keeps everyone safe. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

What is your goal?

Defining your needs and determining what you are trying to accomplish will give you the foundation for a good heating plan. Are you just trying to keep everyone warm or is there another goal to keep in mind? Maybe you’re trying to thaw the ground or cure concrete. Different goals require different heaters – and sometimes a combination of different equipment.

 

What fuel source is available?

Not all heaters use the same fuel source. The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time and effort into creating the perfect temporary heating solution only to find out in the end that the heaters you were planning to use require a fuel source that you don’t have available at the site.

 

What power is available?

Similarly to the topic of fuel source, different types of heaters require different types of power. Taking this into consideration before you start to browse for heaters will ultimately save you a lot of headache as opposed to neglecting to do so.

 

How many BTU’s do you need?

Determining the correct number of BTU’s needed for a project is essential to a successful temporary heating solution. In order to calculate the perfect number you will need to define the dimensions of the space, the preferred temperature of the inside, and the estimated temperature of the outside.

 

Not good at math? It’s okay – use our handy portable heat calculator. Just click the red calculator icon to the right of the webpage. Input all of the necessary data and you will be one step closer to creating the perfect plan!

 

The On Site Solutions

Having an industry expert on your side is ultimately the most cost effective and efficient route to go about creating a temporary heating plan. For over 30 years we have helped our community with their climate control needs. Check out our website for more information on our portable heaters. Call us today or request a quote below for the perfect temporary heating solution.

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Top 5 Ways to Heat Up Your Construction Site

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Cold weather isn’t going to stop your construction team. Heating up your job site can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start! There are several ways to keep your team warm with portable heating solutions. Here’s five ways to heat up your construction site.

1) Direct Fired Heaters

Direct fired heaters will quickly heat large areas, while forcing moisture and contaminates out through pressurized methods. These heaters are perfect for use on your job site. All of these units burn 100% outside air.

2) Indirect Fired Heaters 

Indirect fired heaters will provide you with comfortable portable, temporary heat that is environmentally friendly and portable. Indirect Fired Heaters are an enclosed flame heat alternative that work by venting harmful combustion by-products outside, while also eliminating harmful contaminants and moisture from the air.

3) Direct Fired Enclosed Flame Heaters

Direct enclosed flame heaters are portable, quiet, and are easily moved from one area to another. With remote thermostats and security options, you can monitor the equipment usage and temperature control.

4) Electric Heaters 

Electric space heaters are designed to be used in small spaces where non-combustible heat sources are required. These units allow you to provide heat to your job site, without having to vent out fumes. This allows you to heat any area in a safe and efficient manner.

5) Convention Heaters

Convection heaters are perfect for use when you need temporary heating, but you do not have electricity or natural gas available for a fuel source. These units use vapor propane instead to produce direct fired heat.

Bonus: Ground Thaw Units

Utilizing units such as ground thaw heaters, heat exchangers, and ground thaw blankets is another great way to remove ice from the ground of your job site and keep it warm for your workers.

The On Site Solutions

On Site Companies has all of the above solutions to heat up your construction site. Here are all of our portable heaters for construction. It is never too early to begin planning for cold weather. We recommend that our customers do so to ensure that we have the right solutions for you available when you need it. Call us today to discuss your needs – we would love to provide you with a quote specifically tailored to your job site.

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