The Challenges of Installing Wash Pads in Different Locations of the Country


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The Challenges of Installing Wash Pads in Different Locations of the Country

At Evans Equipment & Environmental, we have experience installing industrial wash equipment and wastewater treatment systems across the United States.

Of course, when it comes to installing above-ground wash pads in various locations, there are obstacles you run into, such as weather and freight.

Surface Type

And, the main challenges we face is related to the surface on which the pads will be installed. The type of surface that exists at the location greatly impacts our installation process.

Here are some examples of various types of surfaces:

  • Concrete – This is the most ideal surface. You don’t have to be concerned about settling or the pad sinking over time. It is also easier to anchor the wall bracing with wedge anchors when working with a concrete foundation.
  • Limestone/Gravel – These are both suitable, but the surfaces need adequate compaction to prevent settling. With limestone or gravel, it is a bit more complicated to anchor the wall bracing because it requires adding small concrete footings to secure the anchors.
  • Asphalt – Asphalt is another suitable surface, but it also requires small concrete footings to secure the anchors. If the anchors are set directly into the asphalt, it tends to break up over time at the anchor site.  

Surface Area

Regardless of what surface exists, it is crucial that the surface elevation, or slope, is smooth and suitable.

It is preferred to have a slight slope toward the direction of the collection trough; a slight slope would be defined as 1/16” per foot.

The idea is to ensure that the wash water stays contained on the washpad and ends up in the water collection trough. An extremely uneven surface can make it difficult to ensure adequate containment.

Location, Location, Location

As related to the local municipalities across the country, many have environmental regulations pertaining to wash rack water. However, most of the above-ground wash pads we install are part of a “Closed-Loop System.” This means it does not discharge the water to the city’s sewer system, therefore, we can simply install the system as “Closed-Loop” if the customer does not meet the discharge requirements of that area.

The obstacles faced while building and installing industrial wash equipment in many different locations has given Evans extensive experience to execute the project efficiently.

We now know the challenges to be expected with various locations (i.e. surface types, climate, terrain, freight) and can plan ahead to execute more efficiently and effectively for each client.