Oil Water Separator Cleaning

If you have an oil water separator that needs to be cleaned, it might be because of your scheduled production shutdown plan or maybe because it’s blocked with sludge.

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Most oil water separator manufacturers recommend routine inspection and cleaning. “The problem is most people don’t do it that often because unless a blockage occurs, you might not notice a sludge build up problem” shares Joe Ackert, AWS Industrial Services member.  

The oil water separators we clean are designed to remove oils, lubricants and petroleum from production wastewater or washing processes.  As oily wastewater flows into the separator, the oil rises to the surface. At the same time, solids separate to the bottom of the oil water separator.

Accessing the catch basin that leads to the oil water separator.

“Sometimes the sludge will build up before the wastewater even gets to the oil water separator,”   shares Will Binger, AWS Industrial Services member. Above, Will inspects the catch basin that leads to the oil water separator.

Most oil water separator manufacturers recommend routine inspection and cleaning.  It’s important to document and review how much sludge accumulates.  If more than normal is accumulating, you might have problems upstream where the wastewater is coming from.

"When you have to vacuum sludge through 200 vertical feet of hose or more, you really need to have a powerful vacuum truck like a Supersucker or the VacSimizer.

“Always bring more than enough hose. When you need 200 feet of hose, bring 250 feet of hose. You never know if you’ll have to reroute when you get to your client’s site,” shares Dave Coughlin, AWS Industrial Services team member.

We routinely perform sludge removal and disposal for clients.  What makes Advanced Waste Services unique for oil water separator projects is our experience performing these routine types of projects.

"We want to make sure we won't impede on a client's operations by parking our vacuum truck in an inconvenient spot," share Rodrigo Castillo, AWS Industrial Services team member.

“We want to make sure we won’t impede on a client’s operations by parking our vacuum truck in an inconvenient spot,” share Rodrigo Castillo, AWS Industrial Services team member.

Sometimes this experience helps us solve unexpected changes.  That might be an unexpected scope change like using a different access door or having to route the hose differently through the facility.  Simple solutions like carrying 200 feet of hose, when a project calls for 75 feet is how experience has helped us be prepared.

"I never want to be short on vacuum hose," says Joe Ackert.  "You never know if the access door the facility is blocked and you need to enter through a different door."

“I never want to be short on vacuum hose,” says Joe Ackert. “If the usual access door to one of our clients’ facilities is blocked, I’ll need to re-route my access and it’s reassuring to know I carry more vacuum hose than I’ll need.”

To learn more about Advanced Waste Services oil water separator cleaning visit our website or call us at 800-842-9792.

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