What you need to know about Interceptors
For over a decade Dura Pump has had a passion for creating and installing pumps that are safe, reliable and a cut above the rest. We care about every single one of our customers and ensuring we provide them with the best pumping solutions to make sure businesses run as efficiently and capably as possible.
An effective pumping system can meet all of its expected performance criteria but certain aspects of pumping operations and water systems provide hugely beneficial roles without having much recognition. From pressurisation sets to control panels, each component of a water pumping system has a key function.
Interceptors, or separators, provide an important role in the creation and maintenance of safe, environment friendly and efficient water systems.
What is an interceptor?
Interceptors are typically plastic or ceramic tanks installed into a pump system network or natural water flow that have the ability to catch and contain contaminants, allowing the remaining flow of water to be discharged safely.
An interceptor is essentially a large trap that is inserted to filter the pollutants from runoff before they enter a watercourse or stream. Typically, they are installed where there is a lot of surface overflow e.g. car parks, loading yards and commercial buildings.
Although most runoff is predominantly water that results from weather conditions such as rain or snow, there are many factors that can alter the amount or contents of the spill being filtered through interception systems.
There are several things that can impact runoff other than meteorological factors and dependent on the area where the interceptor is required, these can come into account. Some variables include soil type, topography and construction.
This is also why choosing the correct pump sewage system is so pivotal to ensuring your pumping solution can deal with whatever comes its way.
Which interceptors fits your needs?
An interceptor’s assets will rely entirely on the demands it will be required to meet. Many people ask what size is required for their application but this can only be answered by calculating the surface area runoff and usage of the area in question. There are other considerations necessary for an efficient installment but these can also include retention requirements and build criteria.
We understand that knowing what interceptor you need for your project can be difficult, especially with so much to take into account. That’s why we keep a team of experienced and knowledgeable pump experts on our side.
Our technical consultants will willingly discuss this with you and remove the technical jargon. We want to make it easy for you to understand and will provide you with the exact details of what you need.
Not to mention that when it comes to installing interceptors, getting it right is crucial to meet not only your standards but those of agency boards that can implement fines and cautions.
The process of installing an interceptor
There’s a real specialty to knowing about the ins-and-outs of discharges to surface water but Dura Pump can guide you through it. Whether that’s environmental permits or waste treatment, we will do whatever we can to ensure your installation meets the Environmental Agency’s standards and requirements.
Providing sufficient installation will ensure that a machine is much less likely to fail and therefore spill collected pollutants into the watercourse. This can lead to prosecution and heavy fines. That’s why our interceptors are built to comply with their standards.
The Environmental Agency rules state that “The operator shall, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Environment Agency, undertake monitoring for the parameters, at the locations and at not less than the frequencies”.
Our interceptors are provided with an audible warning system that sends out an alert when the level within the tank reaches 90% full. With sufficient warning to act, an operative can clear blockages or drain tanks before a spill occurs. Therefore, complying with agency standards.
How can an interceptor remain efficient?
Like any pump system, an interceptor needs to be maintained in order to keep its level of efficiency. By using Dura Pump, you can ensure we’ll provide the maximum efficiency after installation but as time passes installments can become subject to damage and wear.
Therefore, interceptors should also be serviced to make sure they are performing as well as possible. The minimum requirement for the service of an interceptor is every twelve months. However, if you have heavy pollutants passing through the unit then a more frequent servicing may be required.
Where can you buy your interceptor?
Dura Pump are committed to creating the flow the way that you need it. We aim to please pump users at every stage by utilising efficient and effective fluid management. You can count on us to give you the best service the first time around so that further down the pipeline you don’t find a block in your operation; thereby preventing your smooth and profitable operation.
We can provide you with pumping and water system solutions that ensure your organisation keeps everything going swimmingly. We’re happy to offer advice on the best pump solutions for you and discuss your needs every step of the way.