When metal prices rise many business will have any unsecured metals stolen and the car wash is no exception. Car wash grate theft is an easy and popular target for thieves and not only do you have the issue of replacing the grate but you risk someone twisting an ankle or tripping and suing.
The trough and grate system is commonly used at washes and is an 8 inch trough that runs the entire width of the bay and connects from one bay to the next and all end up pouring into a mini pit in the equipment room before it runs to the separating pits.
One effective way to secure this setup include welding hinges so they just flipped over for cleaning. These were made in three length’s across the bay. Not a “quick” fix, but it works.
If your wash has been hit check with the local scrap metal yard for quick replacement pieces or your grates that have been sold to the yard. Also explain what’s going on and in many cases they can help to put a stop to this problem by giving you a call and reporting it to the police before they buy the this type of scrap.