How to Check the Quality of Your Reclaim Water

Jan 19, 2018 at 2:37 PM

If you don't already have one , there are a number of great reasons to implement a water reclamation AdobeStock_91791172.jpegprogram. Some states or counties have regulations that require the use of a reclaim system, and they are a great way to save a lot of money on your water and sewer regardless of where you are. Reclaim systems also make your wash eco-friendly, which can help boost both the perceived quality and value of your wash. 

Low quality reclaim water can create issues for washes that are currently using or considering reclaim systems. When your reclaim system is optimized, it produces high quality water, so the quality of your wash will not be affected. However, if there is an issue with your reclaim system, there will be some noticeable wash quality issues.

Here are some of the most common reclaim water quality issues, and tips to resolve them:

1. Slime

This is the black, goo-like substance that can coat the inside of your wash. Slime can be caused by multiple things, including non-reclaim compatible products, reclaim water pH balance, or incorrect products going into reclaim. Slime can be of organic or inorganic origin, or both. You can solve this problem by working with a qualified vehicle care specialist.

2. Smell

Smell is the most common complaint with reclaim systems. There are two ways to solve this problem:

Flow: Keep your water moving. Stagnant water is ideal for the growth of organic matter (like bacteria), which is the culprit of reclaim water smell. 

Oxidation: Oxidation is the process of adding chemicals to your water that will kill any smell-causing bacteria. You can do this using either ozone or hydrogen peroxide as neither will affect the quality of your water or your wash. 

If you're having issues with slime or the smell of your reclaim water, you want to resolve this wash quality issue as soon as you can – these are both quality issues that are easily noticed by your customers. Your vehicle care specialist or reclaim system distributor should be able to help you diagnose any current quality issues, and help you select the best course of action to correct those issues.

For more information on car wash quality assurance, check out Delivering Quality: How to Run Your Wash to Maximize Your Success:

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