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Interceptor functionality

Whichever type of interceptor you have on site, it’s advisable to have a servicing plan that provides a continuity of maintenance standards to ensure the tank remains functional.

In order for the interceptor to reliably retain potential pollutants and work as it should, routine visual, and physical checks should be made.

Separators collect potentially harmful substances to prevent them entering the nearby watercourses, trapping the minuscule components of hazardous materials until they can be safely removed and responsibly disposed of. Without consistent maintenance they can become blocked, with the filters stopping the flow of water, eventually leading to overflow or flooding.

Separator tanks are either functional or they are not. When they are no longer retaining all the pollutants because the coalescer filter needs changing, the water that leaves the tank will pose a risk to the surrounding area and the people working on your site. It is there to protect you, your business, and the wider environment.

We most commonly come across Full-retention Separators or Bypass Separators.

Full retention Separators / Interceptors:

The full retention interceptors are able to deal with pollutants and heavy water flow. Designed to cope with regular intake of waste and higher than average rainfall. (This is normally equivalent to the flow generated by a rainfall intensity of 65mm/hr.) IAS Enviro attend full retention separators on sites such as:

  • Scrap Yards
  • Car Garages
  • Fuel Storage Sites
  • Distribution/Haulage Centres
  • Waste Transfer Sites
  • Business/Commercial Parks/Industrial Estates

Bypass Separators / Interceptors

The Bypass are most suitable for low risk areas, where there is a low possibility of a combined heavy rainfall and large spillage. These tanks work by fully treating all flows generated by rainfall rates of up to 6.5mm/hr. This covers over 99% of all rainfall events, flows above this rate are allowed to bypass the separator. Businesses such as those listed below often find these types of tanks are appliable to their associated risk level

  • Supermarket / Shopping Centres
  • Distribution Warehouses
  • Car Wash Bays
  • Scrap Yards
  • Car Garages
  • Fuel Storage Sites
  • Distribution/Haulage Centres
  • Waste Transfer Sites

 

If you are unsure which type of tank you have on site or would benefit from a free interceptor inspection, we can help with:

  • Sample testing – to establish the risk and urgency. Also to identify typical pollutants found on site which allows us to be accurate about the costs of disposal.
  • Tank integrity check – Some older tanks can be functional but structurally weak, knowing in advance is preferable to get in front of the problem.
  • Filter media replacement – It is often a simple filter change that restores functionality to a sluggish tank.

By working with IAS Enviro, you can be sure there will never be any half measures. We work comprehensively on each tank, and offer reliable advice at every stage.