Answers to Frequently Asked Questions From Our Clients about the Washout Watchdog Gravity-Fed Chute Rinse-Down System.

How does the Washout Watchdog work?

It is a gravity fed system. After scraping down the chutes simply hang the bucket on the last chute. After your chute rinse down process is complete, raise the chute with the bucket still attached, hook up the hose, open the valve, and drain the water into a tank that is mounted on the truck. The rock and sand will remain in the bucket due to a custom fitted screen mounted inside while the slurry water is transferred into the tank and disposed of back at the yard.

Does it take considerably more time to use a washout system?

The answer to that is a resounding “NO”. I believe using our system correctly will take less time. Why? There are three main reasons:

  1. The driver does not have to drive to a pit or wait for someone to bring a container to wash in. They have all they need at their disposal to handle the washout.
  2. It is designed to be extremely efficient. When the driver uses it as it is intended, they grab the bucket on the way to the back of the truck to washout, it drains while they are rinsing down the fins and then they return it to the rack on their way back to the cab.
  3. Back at the plant – the bucket and tank are designed to be emptied and maintained after they are loaded for their next round. It takes less than 60 seconds to drain, empty and washout both the bucket and the tank. This can all be done while they are rinsing down the truck and setting their next load. It is designed to be a simple, fast, long lasting and easy to maintain asset to every ready mixed company and their drivers.

Does the water get pumped or pressurized back into the drum?

No, with the Washout Watchdog the water is stored in a tank mounted on the rear of the truck or on the fender of a front discharge (we have several options). Many of our current clients started out with a system that deposited the water back into the drum, but found that they had a high failure rate on the job site and required a lot of time and money to keep them maintained.

Wouldn’t it be faster if you’d put the water back into the drum?

Actually, we’ve found that it is not. The drivers are still going to have to wash and maintain the receptacle when they return to the plant. With a gravity fed system, the water is disposed of in the tank even quicker than with a pump or pressurized unit (saving time). Back at the yard, the tank empties while the driver is working on the receptacle. After a quick wash out of the tank, he’s ready for another round.

Does the water freeze in the tank in extreme weather?

Many of our customers have found that the Washout Watchdog performs better than any other system in extreme weather. The tank is insulated (similar to an ice chest) so the water returns to the plant as water, not a frozen solid. It has commonly been reported that many of the mechanical systems freeze and are unable to perform in extreme cold.

Does the Washout Watchdog plug up?

No. The system includes one of the largest hoses in the industry for draining that is extremely efficient. We don’t have a plugging problem because our system is not pressurized nor is the washout water having to be forced back into the drum. Also, if the driver uses it correctly, the bucket drains very rapidly while he is up cleaning his fins, so they are not standing around waiting for the bucket to empty. When the driver comes down from the ladder, the bucket is empty and ready to be dumped or placed in its traveling rack. So there is absolutely very little extra time needed, if any at all for the washout process.

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What can go wrong with this type of system?

I would have to say that the opening valve is at the most risk of being affected by cement slurry water. Our customers have discovered that the valves are easy to keep clean and if they do freeze up they are easy to repair in about five minutes. We sell the handle, the stem, or the ball separately in case you want to rebuild the valve or we also sell the entire valve with the gasket and nut for less than $70. The truth is, we have very few moving parts and because our system is made out of heavy duty plastic, concrete does not like to stick to it. The Washout Watchdog system is durable and easy to keep up and maintain.

What can go wrong with this type of system?

I would have to say that the opening valve is at the most risk of being affected by cement slurry water. Our customers have discovered that the valves are easy to keep clean and if they do freeze up they are easy to repair in about five minutes. We sell the handle, the stem, or the ball separately in case you want to rebuild the valve or we also sell the entire valve with the gasket and nut for less than $70. The truth is, we have very few moving parts and because our system is made out of heavy duty plastic, concrete does not like to stick to it. The Washout Watchdog system is durable and easy to keep up and maintain.
This driver never washed it out. It took less than 60 seconds to remove all the build up.

Got questions regarding your unique washout situations? Call us at (626) 893-4170