A waste tank rental can be a good choice for when you're planning work at a remote jobsite and need additional restroom waste accommodations beyond what can be managed by portable toilets. They can also be needed for food service companies that works offsite as well, as they can connect to kitchen plumbing and not just toilets. When you are considering a waste tank rental, you might note a few important details so you ensure you get the right type and also know what's involved in that rental.
The difference between a waste tank rental and septic tank
A waste tank is a self-contained unit; it gets filled with water and waste from your plumbing system and then needs to be emptied and cleaned by the rental agency. A septic tank, however, is actually not self-contained. This tank has a type of filtration system that collects and breaks down solid waste, and which then allows liquid to runoff, through pipes and into a separate area. Once the levels of solid waste that cannot be broken down fills the tank, it gets cleaned and emptied.
It's important that you understand this as you don't want to assume that a septic tank will work for your waste tank needs. The septic tank will have an opening and pipe that is used for draining liquid waste, and this can be disastrous if you try to use it for waste collection for your offsite work!
Hazardous materials are different than waste water
Most waste holding tanks are used for additional plumbing needs; however, they are not usually meant for hazardous materials, including caustic chemicals and flammable liquids. Even though most waste tanks are made of a thick and durable plastic, you shouldn't assume that they can hold just any type of liquid, grease, oil, or other substance.
Waste tanks may need to work with added water
When you hook up waste tanks to a portable toilet or mobile kitchen, you may note that the plumbing requires them to work with added water. This is to help break down the solid waste that the tank collects so it can more readily move through those connections. If you were told by the rental agency that you need a separate water tank or to have the tank plumbed to a water connection, don't assume you can disconnect the water supply to create room in the tank. Solid materials that are not mixed with water are likely to clog those hoses and connectors and cause backups from the tank.