What do you do when you’re on a run and need to go? Don’s Johns to the rescue!

We give you some of the most popular running sites in DC, Maryland and Virginia 

 

At Don’s Johns, we love the running community in DC, Maryland and Virginia. That’s why we always service races like the Army 10-Miler, Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run and shorter races hosted by Pacers Running and Potomac River Running. But what about the runners who are training for those races and need scenic trails, or who run just for the joy of it? We’ve got you covered too!

With more than 800 miles of trails in the DC region, runners are guaranteed to see Don’s Johns along their route. Some of the most popular running trails in the area include:

 
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National Mall: The National Mall is an incredibly popular trail for both natives and tourists. It offers historical views in the heart of DC such as the Capitol Building, the Memorial Bridge and the Lincoln Memorial.

 

 

 

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C&O Canal: The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail runs along the Potomac River from DC to MD. With a surface of clay and crushed stone, it’s a popular spot for hikers and bikers as well. Although it occasionally gets crowded, it’s a great trail for beginners.

 

 

 

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Capital Crescent Trail: Built on an abandoned railroad track and partially paved, this trail also connects DC and Maryland. Runners often see deer, foxes and other wildlife along this 11-mile trail.

 

 

 

 

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Rock Creek Trail: A winding path that flows toward the Potomac River, Rock Creek Trail is popular with joggers looking for a quiet run. With paths that are not always well marked and include unexpected side paths, this trail keeps things interesting.

 

 

 

These are just a few of the many trails runners can enjoy in the DMV area. For more paths in DC, check out these five routes not to miss. You can also get a breakdown of the best trails based on length and views, and TrailLink gives you access to all the running trails in Maryland.

 

Did we miss your favorite trail? Have you seen a Don’s Johns along your run in the area? Let us know and we’ll be sure to update our list because at Don’s Johns, our main goal is to keep you happy while on the go.

 

Happy trails!

Don’s Johns Selected as 2016 Family-Owned Business Award Honoree from the Washington Business Journal

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 9.54.30 AMFamily businesses like Don’s Johns are an often overlooked form of ownership, yet they are all around us and provide invaluable support to local economies like ours. That is why the Washington Business Journal is spotlighting the region’s best at the Family-Owned Business Awards this month. We are proud to announce we have been selected as an honoree for this award, which honors the top multi-generational, family-owned business in our region for overall excellence, innovation, ethics and philanthropy!

So what makes us one of the top family-owned businesses in the area? Here are just a few of the many reasons why:

  • Our History: Don’s Johns, Inc. was established in 1964 by Thelma and Don Rainwater as a small septic company. Their business was one of the first portable toilet companies in the nation and in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. The first toilets were built of wood and constructed as quickly as the orders came in. Over the past 50 years, Don’s Johns has come a long way from the original wooden outhouse.
  • Present Day: Don’s Johns is still 100% family owned and has been passed down for three generations. Kristie Harrell, Chief Executive Officer, joined Don’s Johns full time in 1992. She is the granddaughter of founders Don and Thelma Rainwater and started helping at Don’s Johns from the age of 10 stuffing envelopes for billing.
  • Who We Serve: We are a proud supplier of sanitation services to the biggest names in sports, government and private industry in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC area.  Each year, we service hundreds of construction sites including the MGM site at National Harbor to emergency services throughout the region.
  • Philanthropic Involvement: Don’s Johns is a proud supporter and supplier of the Marine Corps Marathon, local volunteer fire departments, Willing Warriors and dozens of charity runs and events.

We are proud to have been one of the first temporary restroom companies on the East Coast. For more than 50 years, being family-owned has helped us live by our motto “Our People Make a Difference” because it means treating employees the same way we would treat family. We strive to be a leader in our industry with how employees are compensated, and look forward to many more years of regional success as the “go to” company for sanitation services!

Looking for a little luxury at your fall outdoor wedding? Find out how to plan for when nature calls.

Fall is one of the most popular times to have an outdoor wedding because of the cooler weather and beautiful colors in nature. But planning an outdoor fall wedding can be tricky – between knowing the right number of restroom facilities needed to keeping your guests warm – things can get complicated. With 50+ years of experience in the industry, we have some insider tips to help ensure all your guests’ needs are met and your wedding day goes off without a hitch.

1. Proper Restroom Facilities

Many outdoor wedding venues don’t offer a sufficient amount of restroom facilities for your guests, which forces guests to wait in long lines or walk a long way to the bathrooms. When guests are provided with adequate restroom facilities, they stay longer and have a better time. If you are planning on serving alcohol at your reception, it’s important that you increase the number of restrooms by 20%. If you know there are going to be a higher percentage of women in attendance (beyond 50%), increase the number of units by 25-50%. Additionally, it’s important always include at least one wheelchair accessible unit! For more guidance on choosing the correct number of restroom facilities check out our Event Planning Guide.

2. Upgrading from Standard to Luxurious

Almost as important as providing an adequate number of restroom facilities, is providing your guests with luxurious restroom trailers instead of standard units. Weddings should feel anything but standard and this simple switch is an easy way to wow your guests. The Don’s Johns’ luxury trailers come with amenities such as granite countertops, marble walls, shelving and climate-controlled heat and air. The trailers include a dual audio system that not only plays soothing music for visiting guests, but also ensures those waiting to use the restroom don’t miss any moments from your big day with three flat screen televisions. These trailers always give guests something to talk about!

3. Bathroom Décor

If you really want to get your guests talking, we suggest including a few subtle extras in the trailers such as, a bathroom essentials basket, monogrammed towels, fresh flowers or luxe soaps. Remembering small details like these create the finishing touches on a luxurious fall wedding. Guests will think they have transported from an outdoor venue to a five-star hotel!

Now that you know the industry tips to creating a luxurious outdoor wedding this fall, contact a Don’s Johns representative today for a free luxury restroom trailer quote. Let us help you with your special day!

Portable Restrooms to Prevent Life’s Most Awkward Moments

The representatives at Don’s Johns often receive calls from customers inquiring about our portable restroom options. They sometimes get involved in a few “odd” conversations. However, our representatives can answer their questions with confidence and ease. Trust us, at Don’s Johns, we’ve heard about every awkward situation you’ve had, so nothing leaves us surprised. We ensure our portable restrooms are there to prevent life’s most awkward moments.

  1. Too few stalls to the point where you must consistently peek under each to see if it’s occupied.
  2. Having an extreme emergency, just to get inside a stall and notice it does not lock.
  3. After relieving yourself and ready to get back to the festivities, you notice the stall won’t unlock.
  4. Feeling that a courtesy flush is necessary, but then realizing all too late the water flushes extremely high.
  5. Using the restroom just to discover the stalls are all too close and non-private.
  6. Walk into a restroom trailer met with horrific smells.
  7. Wondering why children don’t have their own area of the restroom to use as they peep under your restroom door.
  8. Using the one stall where the toilet automatically flushes 100 times while you are still in there.
  9. Finally making it to the restroom just to discover you’re the only one in there, and the toilet tissue is out of stock.
  10. Ready to wash your hands at a black tie event just to discover there is no soap and furthermore no paper towels.

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. However, when life gives you options of a trailer provider, you choose Don’s Johns. Our portable restrooms are always clean, fresh, and well stocked. In addition to that, Don’s Johns Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailers have:

  • Climate controlled environment providing heat and air conditioning
  • Flat screen televisions
  • Granite counters and shelves
  • Black marbleized walls
  • Wood panel doors
  • Hardwood designed floor
  • Energy efficient toilets
  • Recessed lighting
  • Sinks with hot & cold running water

To ensure none of the above awkward moments ever happens to you again, rent Don’s Johns portable restrooms for your next event. We guarantee the quality to meet your utmost satisfaction.

Rent a Portable Restroom for These 4 Events

Portable restrooms have dated back some time. However, the idea of renting portable restrooms and luxury restroom trailers for all events is gaining in popularity. Don’s Johns provides quality standard and luxury portable restroom and trailer options that are perfect for any event.

Neighborhood Block Parties with Portable Restroom Rentals

Just about every neighborhood has a block party. From meet and greet with the neighbors, supporting a local political candidate, to back to school events, it’s sure to be one with plenty of food, beverages, and activities. Hosting the block party is usually an entire neighborhood collaboration. Neighbors pitch in on the food, beverages, utensils, and paper goods.

However, what’s not too common is how to accommodate visitors and guests with portable restroom facilities. The easiest thing to do to keep children outside and parents happy is to have a portable restroom available outdoors. Be sure to have portable sinks in the area for frequent and easy cleanup.

Portable Restrooms for Oktoberfest

October marks a popular social event of the year – Oktoberfest. Patrons from all walks of life gather together and drink some of the most popular and new alcoholic beverages from around the globe. This means patrons need to visit the restroom frequently as well. Having plenty of portable restroom trailers is a good idea to keep the long lines minimized. In the unfortunate event that someone gets sick, it’s nice to have a vanity area to clean up at.

Company Events need Portable Restrooms

The majority of company events are held for employees and their family and friends. These can range from upscale dinners to fun activities at a local park. Don’s Johns offers a variety of portable standard and luxury portable restrooms for any company event needs.

You’ll want to ensure to rent a luxury restroom trailer should all executives, shareholders, and other sponsors are present for important board meetings. However, for tailgating events, trainings, and other promotional events, a standard restroom trailer should do just nicely. You should ensure to have an ADA restroom trailer on-site for any type of company event to ensure you are meeting all health and ADA compliant regulations.

Black Tie Events need LUXURY Restroom Trailer Rentals

If you are shying away from the thought of a portable restroom for your black tie event – don’t. Our exclusive line of luxury restrooms is of VIP quality for your anniversary party, convention, or gala. In fact, Don’s Johns was voted as one of America’s Best Restrooms in 2011 in the same class as Chicago’s Field Museum and the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel indoor restrooms.

Having our portable restrooms at your outdoor event will blend right in with the décor. Your guests can comfortably walk inside our Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailer and will be amazed at the granite counters and shelves, decorative mirrors, black marbleized walls, and hardwood flooring. Each are heated and air conditioned units, have hot and cold running water, and have upgraded individual stalls. Be sure to have one of our bathroom attendants on site to assist in keeping the unit clean and fresh.

Give Don’s Johns a Call!

Browse through our vast selection of portable trailer restroom options and portable restroomsfor your next event. Then, give our helpful representatives a call at 888-331-6323 to reserve your portable restrooms. We ensure quality restroom trailers at its best.

6 Tips to Maximize Productivity on Your Construction Site

The statement ‘time is money’ definitely applies to the construction industry. Whether it’s a loss of equipment or an inefficient use of your employees, your project’s deadline could be missed by weeks to a month. To ensure you are maximizing your productivity, follow these six tips.

Plan for Everything

The most expensive part of most construction projects is improper planning. There are too many predictable things that can happen that can cost your project a fortune. Before bringing anyone on site, plan for those minor details to avoid a major catastrophe. This keeps your project on schedule by ensuring you will have the proper manpower, supplies, and equipment every step of the way.

Optimize Your Crew

It’s understandable that you have particular crew members trained for specifics on the job. To remain up to code, they should do what they are trained for. However, there are a few non-certified activities that anyone can perform during their downtime. Be sure to speak to your entire crew about remaining productive, be it training another individual or cleanup at the construction site.

Use Storage Containers

Storage containers are not just meant to keep outdated items out of the way. You can rent temporary storage containers for each construction project you work on to keep a clean and organized site. Rent storage containers to keep any waste at bay.  Order your materials ahead of time and store away in case your project is ahead of its timeline. Your items will be there ready to implement into the next phase.

Implement New Technology

Every organization should embrace new technology. It improves workplace performance, saves time, and reduces costs. It is scary for some employees that have been on the job for a number of years to embrace any change. However, with proper training they can see how technology is not there to replace them but make their jobs easier at your construction site.

Track All Your Equipment

Can you recall how many times your employees have lost equipment or unfortunately borrowed equipment? It’s easy to keep track of all your equipment, tools, and other materials by adding an inexpensive GPS tracker on them. Mistakes do happen, and it should not slow down your construction project.

Keep Sanitation Units On Site

As your employees work long hours, they are bound to need frequent restroom breaks. Disturbing neighboring businesses may bring more problems than collaboration. It’s not very productive for these restroom breaks either as they need to spend the time walking or driving off site. Instead, provide clean restroom facilities and portable sink options for employees to access easily in seconds.

Don’s Johns has many sanitary options available for your construction site. The above tips combined with portable restroom options are a sure way to increase production for your next project.

5 Questions to Ask When Renting a Portable Toilet or Restroom Trailer

Are you hosting an event and just not sure what type of portable restroom option to choose? First, do realize that the main difference between the two is that a portable toilet is a standard restrooms with a toilet and possibly lighted sink area. A restroom trailer is much larger, offering recessed lighting, temperature control, and vanity areas. Let’s review a few questions you should ask yourself before renting.

Are Other Restrooms Nearby?

If there are public restrooms available near your event, you may still consider a portable restroom to ensure your guests don’t travel too far. So your option for portable restrooms will be due to placement. If you have many guests attending, you don’t want them all wandering the park area looking for a restroom. If the grounds have a nice restroom facility already, consider just a few portable toilets in the area. If not, you’ll want to have a toilet trailer for their comfort.

Are There Other Events at the Same Facility?

As stated above, if there are restroom facilities on site, it may just be an issue of how long it will take the guests to get to the restroom. However, another question to ask yourself is if there will be other events going on at the facility as well. If you are expecting many guests, your guests could have a long wait if another event has many patrons as well.

For larger events, a portable toilet trailer is best to have to reduce long lines. This is especially helpful and cost effective if your event revolves around product sales. You want your guests at your events, not waiting to use the restroom.

Will Children be in Attendance?

However, if your event is lengthy and children are in attendance, consider the parent’s needs. They may need to change infants, and that’s possible with a baby changing station in a portable trailer unit. For family events, families need the space and amenities to get their children tidied up. Children get into all sorts of accidents such as muddy shoes and chocolate covered shirts.

What type of Portable Toilet will fit my Event?

The type of event that you will host makes a big difference. Impressions are everything, and portable restroom options are no different. If you’re hosting a sporting event, portable toilets are a perfect option and are cost effective. Adults can use the restroom fairly quickly. If it’s a short event, that may be all they are doing. Nobody is going to linger in a restroom and miss the big pitch!

However, for more formal black tie events, you need to have a more comfortable environment, such as Don’s Johns Luxury Presidential Restroom Trailer. Black tie events such as award ceremonies and art gals, your guests need to groom themselves before walking on stage or freshen up before networking. Give them the amenities they are going to need to do so. These types of events usually request a handsome amount for the tickets. A five-star restroom is well deserved.

How long will the event last?

If you are hosting an event for a long period, portable toilet trailers have the lighting and space you will need. A portable toilet is dimly lit. Your guests want to be able to freshen themselves up. This helps everyone feel comfortable and stay longer.

Contact Don’s Johns friendly representatives today. They are knowledgeable regarding each type portable toilet or restroom trailer and can help you decide on the best for your event.

Do I Really Need More than One Porta Potty?

Planning Porta Potty Rentals At Your Event

If you have an upcoming event, it’s imperative to start planning early on. Knowing exactly the food you want to serve, the quantities needed, music selection, location, and seating requirements are all necessary early on. If you’ve already made the decision to have a porta potty rental on site, it’s a pretty wise decision as your guests will surely appreciate it and use the facility. However, just how many porta potty rentals do you need? Is it really necessary to have more than one? Here are a few questions to ask yourself to find out.

How Many Patrons Will Attend the Event?

First, consider how many attendants will be present. As you can naturally assume guests sitting down at a dinner function will sip on their drinks often, you’d still be amazed at how much a person can drink at a social gathering. Consuming so many drinks means frequent trips to the porta potty. You don’t want your guests waiting for a long time in lengthy lines. They want to relieve themselves as soon as possible.

How Long Is the Event?

For events lasting longer than two hours, it’s definitely important to have numerous porta potty rentals on site. Having a few quality restrooms makes guests feel comfortable compared to using a standard blue porta potty.

Will There Be a Lot of Women Present?

If you are expecting many women, having numerous porta potty rentals is essential. Women use the restroom often, they also want to fix their hair and makeup while inside. Don’s Jon’s has luxury porta potty rentals complemented with gorgeously designed vanities.

Are Kids Attending The Event?

Having children at the event also dictates the number of porta potty rentals you need. For one, family restrooms are a popular choice since they have spacious seating areas for children to rest up. They also come with baby changing stations, making it easy for parents to change their children. The entire family can stay together in a family restroom.

You do want to have a separate porta potty rental from your family suite as well. Not everyone wants to use the restroom facility with an uncomfortable child just next door. Also, some conversations may not be appropriate for little ears to hear.

Don’s Johns staff are great at helping you plan and organize for your event needs. Contact us today at 888-331-6323, so we can walk you through arranging the correct number of porta potty rentals.

Everything You Need To Know About Residential Restroom Trailer Rentals

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If you’re considering residential restroom trailer rentals for your next gathering or project at home, let us clear the air. Here is practically everything you need to know about residential restroom trailer rentals. How long does it take to set up a residential restroom trailer at my home?We know it seems daunting, but getting a residential restroom trailer rental up and ready for your event is as simple as one phone call (888-331-6323). We have plenty on hand, even in the event of a disaster in your area, such as a power outage or plumbing emergency. You can depend on us to deliver a clean and fully stocked restroom trailer in a short notice.

What are the rental period requirements for a residential restroom trailer and additional accessories?

Unlike those standalone porta potties you may seek at the park, our residential restroom trailer rentals are available for renting for a few hours, a day, or even a week. We have construction crews that use our trailers and accessories for a few months at a time. If you find yourself needing the unit longer, simply call your account manager and we’ll extend the agreement.

Is each restroom trailer rental clean upon arrival?

You never have to worry about receiving an unsanitary unit. Each of our units is steam cleaned thoroughly before they are put back into the rotation. Each unit is flushed completely of any fluids, wiped down, and restored with new toiletries. It’ll be as though it’s a new unit on our lot.

What is the required setup for a residential restroom trailer?

If you have just a one or two-day rental, your restroom trailer rental can be set up anywhere on a flat surface, such as your driveway. However, if you need your rental for a longer period, it should be within 25 feet of street access. Our crew comes out to perform necessary cleaning and emptying of the tanks. So it’s important they can do it without disturbing you or your neighbors with any mess.

Who is responsible for cleaning the trailer and how often should it be cleaned?

We do not expect you to perform a thorough cleaning of your restroom trailer. So, for extended rentals, we include a weekly service call in your rental price. Our technician will come out to service your unit by cleaning it and restocking it with paper towels, toilet tissue, and any other necessities. Should you find you’re using it more than you planned, we can come out for an additional service call at a small fee.

How many residential restroom trailers do I need?

There are many factors that contribute to how many restroom trailer rentals you’ll need. Check out our handy planning guide to help you estimate. There are guest count, food and beverage servings, and the length of the gathering to consider. However, our representatives can help you figure that out.

Are there unpleasant odors in the residential restroom trailer?

You never have to worry about any odors with our restroom trailers. We use a detergent water to sanitize and deodorize each unit. And, each time we sanitize it, it’s fresh and new again.

To answer any other questions about our residential restroom trailers that are not addressed, contact our representatives at 888-331-6323. We are glad to service you.

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7 FAQ’s About Porta Potty Rentals

7 FAQ’s About Porta Potty Rentals for Residential Use

At Don’s Johns, we’re ready to make things easy for you. Here are the top seven frequently asked questions our customers ask regarding our residential porta potty rentals

How long does it take to set up a porta potty at my home?

Porta potty rentals don’t take long to set up at all. We can have your unit delivered by the end of the business day should you experience any electrical or plumbing emergencies. They come fully equipped with hot and cold running water, paper towels, soap, and toilet tissue.

What are the rental period requirements for a porta potty and additional accessories?

You can rent a porta potty and accessories from Don’s Johns for one day through several months. Once we discuss your needs and usage, we’ll draw up a contract, including scheduled cleanings for you. If you’re unsure at the moment how long you need it for, simply call us later to discuss extending the porta potty rental period.

Is each porta potty clean upon arrival?

We believe in clean and sanitized units. That’s what sets us apart from the rest. Each unit you receive will be just as close to new as can be. Once we receive each porta potty back from a customer, we give it a thorough steam cleaning process, remove all old material, and replace it with fresh materials such as toilet paper and paper towels.

Where does the porta potty need to be set up at?

As long as you have a flat surface our service crew can access, such as a driveway, we can meet your setup needs. The only proximity requirement that we have is for extended rentals. Then, please have a place prepared within 25 feet of the street so our service crew can take proper maintenance when necessary.

Who is responsible for cleaning the porta potty and how often should it be cleaned?

Our technicians will be out to clean your unit per the setup schedule. If you have it just one day, of course, that’s not necessary. However, for an extended contract, your holding tank needs to be swapped out, and we’ll happily clean and sanitize the inside as well. If you ever find you are utilizing it more than originally expected, we can arrange for an additional service call and adjust pricing from there.

How many porta potty’s do I need?

We want your event to run smoothly. That’s why our representatives are trained and knowledgeable. We’ll go through a selection of questions with you to have the appropriate number of porta potty’s on hand, so your event is comfortable for all. If you need it for a construction crew, we ensure you are OSHA compliant.

Are there strong odors in the porta potty?

You never have to worry about strong odors with our porta potty rentals. Each comes sanitized and deodorized and works for an extended period. It’s truly a refreshing change to your standard porta potty.

Contact Don’s Johns today to set up your porta potty rental today: 888-331-6323. We are helpful and friendly and waiting to service you.

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