As you know, oil water separators need to be properly maintained on a regular basis. If you fail to service your oil water separators in order to save a few dollars than you’re taking the unnecessary risk of having the devices break down. For example, when they are not drained and cleaned out properly the oil and other debris will prevent the machine from working correctly. If that occurs, the levels of oil in the water that is released will be too high. Oil water separators that sit above ground are a bit easier to service.
That being stated, the process should only be done by a professional environmental company that has the knowledge and experience on how to properly service oil water separators. On the other hand, a unit that is located below ground is incredibly difficult to maintain. This is due to the fact that there is a plethora of tight spaces to deal with. It is also hard to remove the plates, clean the plates, and replace the plates. In addition, the solid waste is difficult to remove. So, what should a regular oil water separator maintenance schedule look like?
First and foremost, we will inspect and clean all units on a monthly basis. We will also remove any oil and dispose of it in a manner that complies with all state and federal requirements. Our next step is to drain the water from the separator. We will then measure the depth of the leftover solids and record that figure. We’re also responsible for disposing the solids in a manner that complies with all state and federal requirements. Our next step is to clean the media plates.
Although they can be cleaned while still in the machine it is best to actually remove the plates and clean them outside of the unit. That they we can fully rinse them down with a low-pressure hose in order to fully remove the oil and sludge build up in the safest manner possible. The other option is to clean the plates while still in the machine. We place a low-pressure hose in between the plate spaces in order to flush out the dirt and sludge and oil. Any dirt, sludge and oil that are flushed out are then removed through the drain that is located on the hopper outlet.
When everything is clean, we inspect the tank for any damages. At that point, all necessary repairs can be made. Once again, maintenance for your oil water separators should be conducted on a monthly basis. Only a qualified professional should be tasked with this incredibly important job. Do not attempt this in house.
If you have any questions about our oil water separator cleaning services or would like to schedule service, we are happy to help. Please contact us today! Jolin Paving & Excavating, Inc. is your New England connection for a vast variety of environmentally related services. Our company has been serving Boston Massachusetts, Southern NH, VT & ME as well as Northern CT & RI since 1952. Please Contact us to learn more today. Environmental related issues occur all of the time and can strike at any time. That is exactly why you need to have a local and reliable environmental services company at the helm and ready to go whenever you actually need them.