The Gentle Giant

You have this big tank in the ground – it has a delicate balance with the right stuff to serve you well. It’s going to fill up, it will need to be pumped out. You can make a difference on its service and longevity.

You’ve invested a lot in your septic system and with proper care you will have a long relationship. When you do the right things, your system will perform for you and life will be good. A few mis-steps however, and your problems can be many.

The Right Stuff:

  •  Liquids that go in, eventually have to come out, so reduce the amount of water that goes into your system. Excess liquid can also dilute the effectiveness of the organisms.
  •  Conserve water, use only what you need. Turn the faucet off when you are brushing your teeth or working at the kitchen sink. Turn it on when you need it. No need to let it just run.
  •  Install water conserving devices, such as a water-saver shower head. Buy  an energy and water efficient dishwasher and washing machine.
  •  Get those leaky faucets and toilets repaired. Leaks will cause your system to fill prematurely and will dilute the ability of organisms to process the real waste.
  •  Only discharge biodegradable waste into your system. That means plant or animal waste that can be broken down by the organisms already there. Things like plastic, metal or other objects will cause problems.
  •  Compost your garbage or put it in the trash. The fewer solids, the easier organisms in your system can process other waste. Those carrot and potato peels, egg shells and coffee grounds are compostable.
  • Know where your septic system tank cover is and keep it clear of overgrowth so that it is accessible for being serviced/pumped out.
  •  Only plant grass on top of your septic system.

  • When it rains, where are your downspouts sending the excess water? Keep it away from the drain field of your septic system.
  •  Avoid putting grease or oils down your drains. Over time, grease can clog your system. Less grease means a happier system.
  •  Also avoid putting chemical or caustic cleaners into your system. These chemicals can interfere with the organisms that are working well in your system.  Use green-friendly substitutes for your favorite cleaning agents. Plus, it’s healthier for you, too!
  • Have your system pumped out at least once a year, or more often, based on how much you are putting into it. Have your tank checked for cracks or leaks when it is pumped out. Good maintenance will extend the life of your system. Good prevention and maintenance are cheaper than costly repairs or replacement.
  •  If something doesn’t seem right, or you notice a problem, call your septic service right away.

The Wrong Stuff

  •  Don’t use a garbage grinder or garbage disposal. Your system will have fewer clogs/or problems if you keep garbage out of your system.
  •  Do not put solids in your septic system. If it isn’t biodegradable, don’t even think of putting it in your system. Never put sanitary napkins, tampons, paper towels, sanitary wipes, disposable diapers or heavy toilet paper into your system. If it’s solid, put it in the trash.
  •  Never put solvents, paint thinner, oils, pesticides, disinfectants caustic cleaners or poisons in your system. You don’t even want to know what could happen.
  •  Never drive a car or other vehicle (not even ATVs) over your drain field/septic system.
  •  Don’t dig in the area. Do not plant flowers, trees or shrubs on your drain field or septic system. Keep it clear. Know where that drain cover is to make it easier for servicing.
  •  Don’t allow excess rain water to collect on or near the drain field or septic system. It’s just like that leaky faucet—you don’t want excess water going into your system and filling it up needlessly.

Your Gentle Giant will serve you well if you make these simple tips routine healthy habits.

It’s better for your system, it’s better for you.


Clean Showers Were on the Road: Across the USA

Last spring, summer and fall, Kris and Kurt were on the road again with their custom-made mobile showers. That was great news for the folks who participated in bike tours, concerts and car races. After a hot day of fun in the sun, all they needed was a nice shower to feel refreshed.

The showers traveled to:

Denver, Colorado, St. Louis, Missouri, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Delaware.


Hurricane Season Readiness

Then, last fall when hurricane season was threatening the east coast, Kris and Kurt were taking calls for emergency relief.  Their portable showers and laundry trailers were all set to go at a moment’s notice.

Meanwhile back at home – the local team was keeping all portable toilet units clean and serviced regularly at area parks and events.

It is the meticulous attention to detail and ability to be ready to travel that sets VPS, Inc. apart from other portable restroom and shower providers.

E.A.A. Air Venture Elite Request

Kris and Kurt VandenPlas take pride in being able to respond quickly to a variety of new and unusual requests.

The last week of July when the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual AirVenture event was taking place at the busiest airport in the world, hundreds of thousands aviators descended upon Oshkosh, WI.

People came from all over the world. A customer called from the E.A.A. grounds just before the start of the convention asking for a mobile restroom trailer with air conditioning for their elite client.

Within a few hours VPS was on the road to Oshkosh with the  elite unit:

Happy customer, and a cool and happy client have already booked this unit for 2012.

We Are Part of a World-Wide Network

Did you know, we are part of a world-wide network of portable sanitation professionals?

VPS, Inc. belongs to PSAI  (Portable Sanitation Association International) a world-wide organization for portable sanitation professionals.

Check it out:

From the PSAI website, about PSAI: ” Founded in 1971, the Portable Sanitation Association International is a non-profit trade association serving the portable sanitation industry. PSAI membership is composed of two types of members, Portable Restroom Operators and Associates which include manufacturers of portable restrooms/toilets, restroom trailers, trucks, deodorizers, supplies, and services.”

At VPS, Inc. we stay on top of current information and technologies so that your business or your event, will benefit from the cleanest and best portable solutions for your toilet, shower and laundry needs. Around our globe, sanitation, safe disposal and cleanliness are really important to avoid the spread of germs and disease. We feel proud to be making a difference, right here in Northeast Wisconsin and other locations around the country.

                                                                                    Kris and Kurt

We Race to Nascar Events to Provide Showers

This fall, we provided portable showers at a Nascar Race in Dover. We also did the Spring 2011 race and both times had many people tell us, “Hope to see you here next year!” Nascar fans expressed that if there are no showers available, that they won’t be camping there either.

Kris said, “We have a loyal following and have made many friendships at these events. While the cars go round and round, we are part of the fun and always ready with clean, warm showers so that everyone can really enjoy this event while they are camping.”

Wine in the Line

Our showers have been on the road during the past three years servicing bicycle tour groups in Wisconsin, Michigan, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

During one particular event Kris said, “As riders were coming in at the end of their day, we were approached by people expressing how glad they were that WE were the shower provider. We got hugs and a big welcome! We already know next year’s location and dates for the bicycle tour.”

After one race, the “half-century” and “century” rider groups arrived about the same time which caused a line to form at the shower trailer. The event celebrates the rides with wine and hors d’oeuvres followed by a nice dinner. Since the riders wanted their showers before food and fun, they were missing the social hour and the goodies. Kurt talked with the event organizer and arranged to have wine and hors d’oeuvres brought over to the shower line. The cyclers were delighted and had a great time joking and visiting with Kurt and Kris while they waited.

Kris said, “Once people use our showers, they are very loyal to us and we are dedicated to serving them. We get to meet and form friendships with people from all over the US. This is what is so great about what we do.”

Friends and Customers comment

Here is what festival goers and sportsmen and women have to say about our portable toilets:

 “I am pretty phobic about using porta-potties  — you know the ones, tiny and dark inside and smelly. I can’t even breathe sometimes inside one so I just plain “hold it”, until I get somewhere where there is an indoor bathroom. I was at a festival recently and well, there just wasn’t a place to go indoors and then I saw some big units all lined up. I tried the portable toilet and this was a whole different experience! It was spacious inside, and it was clean – really clean. I could move inside, plus I was surprised to see hand-sanitizer inside, too.”   —  Fran, Bellevue                                                                                        

“After fishing all morning on the lake, we came in hot and tired and of course needing to use a restroom.  There was a VPS porta-potty near the boat landing. I was pleasantly surprised that is was so clean inside. In spite of this boat landing being a high use area, it did NOT smell bad inside. There was room enough to turn around inside along with plenty of toilet paper, too. This was obviously, well-maintained and cleaned often.”  —  John,  Green Bay

“When my family and I are at an event, I know it’s clean when I see a VPS toilet on site.” — Annie,  from Appleton

“We were at the pre-season Packers game recently (August 19)–it was a nice hot summer evening and after tailgating, my husband stepped into a porta potty on the way to the stadium–it was NOT a VPS unit–needless to say, it was an unpleasant experience and it did not even have hand sanitizer. Then I stepped onto the Packers parking lot on the way to our seats and spotted a VPS unit– even on a hot night–the porta potty did not have an odor, it was well-stocked with toilet paper and had plenty of hand santizer. My husband peeked inside, too and was amazed at how clean and pleasant it was.  — A & J from Green Bay

We are never complacent and always want to hear from you–so we can improve our service. We appreciate your support. Here are some more thank you notes we received:

“Thanks for helping the bike tour run smoothly”. From Eric S.

Thank you again for your wonderful service” —From Mike & Cathy C. “

“Thank you very much for keeping your toilets cleaned and hand sanitizers full. It does go a long way for your company.” —From Jeremy M

“The trailered restroom was fabulous. Thank you! Thank you!From Cindy W

“Thank you for consistently excellent service. We will continue to recommend you to others & will call you first for any future needs!”Pam & Joe V.