Three Steps To Prevent Sluggish Parking Barriers

30 July 2015
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

Parking barriers are an essential part of parking garages, parking lots, and other private areas you may want to restrict to employees or personnel. However, taking the time to install a parking barrier correctly can prevent a headache down the road. Parking barriers that aren't correctly installed may become sluggish, which can create a nuisance for patrons who want to park, or even allow more than one person to squeeze under it, cutting into your revenue. To avoid a sluggish parking barrier, make sure you take these three steps into account during its installation.

Insufficient Power

Parking barriers are designed to be able to run off the normal electricity flow that your building provides. However, if your parking barrier is plugged into a power source that's far from the unit and needs a very long extension cable in order to get the electricity, you may have problems.

Extension cables do a good job of transmitting electricity over long distances, but over long distances, they may reduce the voltage. Parking barriers generally require all the voltage a standard power outlet supplies in order to properly open and close, and while they'll still function with reduced voltage, they may be sluggish.

There are two ways to avoid this problem: you can use a high-amp extension cord that meets your parking barrier's voltage requirements, or hire an electrician to install an outlet closer to your barrier so an extension cord isn't necessary. Consult with your barrier's installation guide to determine its necessary voltage.

Proper Grounding

It's important to not skimp on grounding your parking barrier during its installation. Follow the directions provided with your barrier, and make sure that yours is properly grounded. Not grounding your barrier can cause serious problems, especially in case of electrical storms or power surges.

However, parking garages themselves often also create a problem that can harm your ticket machines and parking barriers if improperly grounded. Cars travelling over the pavement in a garage can often build up electrostatic energy, and when a driver reaches out to retrieve or return a ticket, it may transfer to the machine and barrier. With proper grounding, this additional electricity will be transmitted into the earth, and won't harm the unit. However, if you don't ground your unit, this can eventually cause mechanical or electronic failures.


If you've followed the last two steps, your parking barrier is off to a good start. However, you also need to take a look around at the ground near your barrier and its ticket unit. Do you have cracks, splits, or holes in the concrete near the unit? If so, you need to have these cracks repaired with fresh concrete before your parking barrier is plugged in.

While cracks don't cause any direct harm to parking barriers, during the rainy months, even the smallest crack can allow rain water to slowly seep underground. This can cause your parking barrier to malfunction, as the water can prevent the electronic loop that signals the barrier to close after a car has passed through to function properly. Generally speaking, this problem isn't permanent, and the barrier will function normally again once the rainy weather has dissipated. Unfortunately, though, it'll just keep happening every time it rains or liquid is spilled near the cracked concrete. Thankfully, it's extremely easy to fill cracks in concrete.

Parking barriers from companies like Eastco; Mfg Corp are designed to be a safe and convenient way to allow or disallow people to park in your lot or parking structure. However, like with anything else, it's important to follow directions and not take shortcuts. Follow your parking barrier's installation instructions and use these tips to prevent your parking barrier from malfunctioning or becoming sluggish.