Preparing for Inclement Weather
In the case of planned inclement weather, it’s important to prepare your car wash and its equipment to withstand severe conditions. This document details standard Tommy Car Wash System procedures to reduce equipment damages due to inclement weather.
Note: These procedures should only be performed by trained team members and operational leadership with sufficient knowledge of Tommy Car Wash Systems equipment, and those willing to enter the MCP cabinets or a licensed electrician. Please contact Tommy Car Wash Systems Equipment Support with questions or concerns.
1. Bring all Tommy Balls and Tommy Trees into the wash bay to prevent them from being lost or blowing away.
2. Bring all loose signage that could possibly be ripped out of the ground into the wash bay.
3. If your gate arms are removable, carefully remove them and bring them into the wash bay. The gate arm should be held in place with four set screws. These screws will only need to be loosened as they hold the arm in place by pinching the arm.
4. Bring all vacuum hoses into the wash bay. The hoses disconnect near the canopy as shown in the picture below.
5. Remove the Vacuum Canopy by loosening the turnbuckles until the fabric securement strap can be unhooked. When the fabric securement straps are unhooked at each of the 4 Canopy corners and the Canopy fabric is taken down, remove the Canopy arch clamps. Relocate the Canopy equipment to the wash bay.
6. After the Canopy equipment has been brought inside, shrink wrap the Vacuum motors and gate modules to prevent possible water damage.
1. In MCP 1, MCP 2 and all other Tommy’s control cabinets, turn off all breakers by flipping them down like shown in the picture below.
2. Turn off all overloads in all control cabinets. This can be accomplished by rotating all overload breakers counterclockwise 90 degrees. An example of this can be seen in the picture below.
3. After the Breakers and Overloads have been turned off, locate the Main Distribution Panel in the back room and turn off all breakers in the Main Distribution Panel. The Main Distribution Panel is usually located to the left of MCP1.
4. Once the Main Distribution Panel has been turned off, power off devices in the SIC cabinet. This can be done by unplugging all surge protectors to prevent power surges that may harm your cabinet hardware. In the SIC cabinet these surge protectors can be found mounted on the sides of the SIC.
5. After removing the surge protectors from power in the SIC cabinet, power off the lane controller by switching the CB1 breaker to the “OFF” position.
6. When CB1 has been powered off and all devices in the cabinet are confirmed to not have power, locate the breaker panel to the right of the SIC cabinet. In this panel, turn all the breakers to the “OFF” position. This will prevent power surge damage to other devices that are still plugged in.
7. After powering off the breaker panel, bring all card readers, iPads, Point of Sale equipment and other electronics to the second floor.
Please reach out to Tommy Car Wash Systems Equipment Support if you have questions or need assistance preparing your car wash for inclement weather.
(616) 795-4892 Support@tommycarwash.com
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