WHAT EXACTLY IS A WASH RACK?
A wash rack typically consists of an enclosure, mechanics and plumbing for washing, reclaiming and recycling wash water. With federal, state and local clean water regulations mandating zero discharge or some form of pollution prevention, wash racks are becoming a must have for most commercial vehicle and industrial operation. Wash rack, wash pad, wash bay: all industry terms that refer to a partially enclosed platform or concrete area for washing dirt, grime, contaminants, chemicals, and invasive species off vehicles and vehicle parts. Cars, trucks, boats, construction and maintenance equipment, and even aircraft can take advantage of the benefits of wash racks.
Wash racks can be made of plastic, but metal is the standard (steel is preferred). They are often referred to as containment racks or containment pads because the object is to contain not only the solids but also the wash water and prevent it from spilling out onto the ground. Typically, ‘containment pads’ refer to permanent concrete areas but that is not exclusive.