Oil And Water Separator: 5 Common Problems And Solutions

Checking all parts of the oil and water separator is important in making sure that it will continue to run smoothly. Below are common problems and solutions.

1. Distinct odour coming from the oil and water separator

When you find that there is a distinct odour coming from the oil and water separator, you should check whether the pump is turned to automatic mode. Try to find any build-up of sludge within the sump. If it’s possible and safe to do so, pump it out. Flush the wastewater pit using clean water to wash away the stagnant water that’s emitting the odour.

If the odour persists, make sure that you contact a professional immediately to check all pipes and linings if there are any repairs or replacements to be made.

2. Low water flow from the water outlet line

Upon observing that there is low water flow, you will also notice that the issue extends to the waste oil outlet line. The very first thing that you have to check is the pump, so make sure that it is running correctly and all the circuit breakers have not been tampered with. Try re-priming the pump if it is running.

Check if there’s sufficient water in the wastewater sump. Inspect the level switch and make sure that it is running correctly. If those two don’t have any issues, look for any blockages in the suction line. You should also inspect the floating skimmer and waste oil reject orifice based on the manual for maintenance of your oil and water separator.

3. Observed loss of pumping capacity

If you have observed that the pump is performing at a reduced rate and efficiency, then it may have become dirty to the point of affecting its performance. This can cause damage to seals and diaphragms especially if it is left at this state for a long period of time. Make sure that you check if the waste oil drum is already full.

When the waste oil drum is full, it is essential to migrate the contents to ensure that there are no incidents that will occur within your oil and water separator.

4. Constant tripping with the pump overload

This may be caused if the pump isn’t getting sufficient airflow to be able to cool down. Make sure that the pump is moved to a well-ventilated and much cooler area. During this time, check whether the pump motor is faulty or if there are any issues with the electricity stemming from the circuit breaker. These two are the first ones to go when an issue with the pump is brought up.

To ensure that the pump overload does not keep tripping, make sure that the pump isn’t in an area where the heat can’t dissipate.

5. Standard maintenance procedures for the oil and water separator

You should always inspect the water flow and keep track of it as months pass by. Any build-up of oil should be recorded so there is an archive to look at to see any patterns.

Draining the separator, septic tank emptying and removing media packs are helpful if you want to clean them with the use of a high-pressure washer. RMS Waste Disposal can provide these services.

RMS offers oil and water separator, septic tank emptying, among other waste disposal services. We do the dirty jobs for you now so you can avoid bigger headaches in the future.

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