This office had a Competitor’s Amalgam Separator and quickly switched to a M.A.R.S LibertyBOSS after seeing the cost savings. The issue of having a high maintenance filtered type amalgam separator like the SolmeteX Hg5 in a rural area, the filters to install are close to $700 with transportation and installation fees. If this 6 chair practice were to change their filters as often as they should have, they would be changing a filter every 3 months, spending $2,800 per year with the travel and installation fees. Unfortunately, this office was being maintained by a standard Technician and not a Certified Amalgam Separator Specialist, so their Hg5 was completely neglected.
During this inspection there were few notable problems that might apply to you;
There was a solids collector missing. Though the pump did not have a warranty, it seems to have a water recycler attached to the system. The pump requires a solids collector, after the amalgam separator but before the pump. The solids collector will not only prevent large particulates, like bio-film, from entering your pump system. It is also required to add the water recycler cleaning solution that needs to be used monthly. Please see Image 1.
Add a solids collector to the inlet of the pump and speak to your service company about the monthly water recycler solution from Air Techniques.
Competitor’s Amalgam Separator Clogged Upper Chamber
The filter had been changed in the beginning of April, it was 3/4 full in June. Unfortunately, the Hg5 filter wasn’t being serviced as often as it should been. The filter was changed and the upper chamber dropped to fill the new filter. The upper chamber is clogged and it seems to have enough sludge to fill the rest of the current filter, once it has been unclogged. Please see Image 2 and 3.
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1) Visit the M.A.R.S Preventative Maintenance Page to see how to unclog an Hg5. Have an extra filter on hand, as the current one will fill within a week. OR
2) Replace Hg5 with LibertyBOSS, recycling of Hg5 is included with the purchase of a LibertyBOSS.
Inlet from Chairs
The inlet from chairs had a wye installed, which was unnecessary. The top portion of the wye was reduced to ¾” then blocked off with a ¾” copper. The lower portion of the wye was reduced to a 1” opening, which isn’t recommended for a 6 chair practice. It would be ideal to increase the diameter of the inlet hose to the separator to at least a 1 ¼” hose.
Remove the wye and add 1 ½” close out adapter. From here you can choose what sized hose to use. (1 ¼” – 1 ½” preferred)
Note In Image 4, you will see a rubber coupler has been installed where the solids collector should be located. The office had the wrong part delivered for the solids collector, so it could not be installed during the installation of the LibertyBOSS. The rubber coupler was installed to make the installation of the solids collector easier when the correct part arrived.