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Mark VII Equipment Inc.


5981 Tennyson St

Arvada, Colorado 80003 USA

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623 S Service Rd Unit 1

Grimsby, ON L3M 4E8 Canada

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Service Technician Jose Hernandez provides tips for

Transitioning to the Busy Season

Just about every carwash can identify a time of year when demand is at its peak. Whenever your transition takes place, here are a few tips that will help you hit the ground running when business accelerates.

Training—the hidden key

My number one tip—training. Make sure your employees know how to troubleshoot problems and reset the wash in the event of a shutdown. Knowing the basic things to look for and how to reset the equipment can save hours of downtime, lost revenue and a call to the service technician. The most common problem is trash under the wash. Something as small as a metallic gum wrapper or cigarette pack can trigger an error code and shutdown. Putting a cleaning schedule in place is a great way to minimize this particular problem.

Of course, taking care of equipment maintenance in anticipation of your busiest season has to be on the list. Check the following to help minimize downtime during peak demand:

  • Check wheels, pumps and brush materials.
  • Check oil levels in pumps and air compressors.
  • Inspect the RO system to ensure that you are producing good water.
  • Pump out the clarifiers, especially if you have a reclaim system.
  • Dryer impellers—ensure that blades are straight, no wobbles.
  • Address customer concerns—many are simple fixes. For example, when customers complain that the dryers aren’t doing a good job, 95% of the time the fix is removing a plastic bag that has been caught in the air inlet.


When preparing your equipment, it’s a good idea to meet with your service technician and have them look the system over as well. Also, if you’re making the transition from a winter climate to spring, meet with your chemical supplier to ensure that your product titrations are adjusted for the season ahead.

Using slower seasons to prepare for increasing demand can help you make the most of your busiest, and most profitable, times of the year.