Interceptors should be cleaned twice a year to avoid blockages and prevent pollution in line with Environment Agency guidance, advises John Rome, Eurotank’s Interceptor and Environmental Management Consultant.
“We advise a planned preventative maintenance programme to clean interceptors and any jet wash bays every six months,” said John.
“The Environment Agency advice is only guidance but if a site ended up in court over an environmental incident, the judge will want to know how often interceptors have been cleaned and if it’s not regularly enough, it may go against the owner.
“Preventative maintenance is even more important in areas that are prone to flooding, which is becoming more and more prevalent with climate change. Jet wash drains and silt traps definitely need cleaning more than once a year and we can clean the interceptors at the same visit.”
Eurotank’s fleet of tankers capable of carrying out interceptor cleaning has been given a boost with the recent arrival of a new custom-made, twin-pot, liquid ring ADR jetter and vacuum tanker. Three more tankers are currently in production ready for delivery later this year.
Interceptor and drainage cleaning can be provided as a standalone service or combined in a contract with other services such as pump maintenance, vapour recovery testing, electrical testing and tank cleaning.