The M.A.R.S Difference: Amalgam Separator Maintenance Part 1

The M.A.R.S Difference: Amalgam Separator Maintenance Part 1

Thank you for following this Blog Series on The M.A.R.S Difference, highlighting the advantage of using a M.A.R.S Certified Technician and amalgam separator maintenance. Our last blog discussed how our Trusted Distributors could save your office by having the specialized training to keep your office compliant with your local regulations.

Today, we will be illustrating the importance of knowing the advantages, disadvantages, maintenance, inspections and failure points of each amalgam separator.


Amalgam Separator Maintenance

Amalgam separators are not overly complicated devices, most of them are designed to use sedimentation and generally do not have any moving parts. For a Technician to familiarize themselves with the required amalgam separator maintenance and inspections of an amalgam separator is one of the most straightforward tasks they could do to offer their clients a better service. Unfortunately, as mentioned in our last blog, most Service Technicians are overworked, meaning, Technicians usually don’t take the time to research the proper amalgam separator maintenance requirements.

A M.A.R.S Certified Amalgam Separator Specialist has taken the effort to participate in a specialized training course to learn the benefits and pitfalls of the top amalgam separators sold in North America. Anyone who takes our training will not only know about proper amalgam separator maintenance but also troubleshoot any issues that occur, all the while keeping the Dental Practice compliant.

An Example of a M.A.R.S Certified Technician Saving the Day

There are so many examples of when a M.A.R.S Certified Technician saved a Dental Practice from non-compliance, exposure to mercury waste and from overspending on their amalgam separator costs.

For this blog, we will use three drastically different examples of how M.A.R.S Certified Technicians saved the day for their clients.

Mercury Exposure

In Vancouver B.C., Canada, a new client to Patterson Dental had an old filter type amalgam separator in their mechanical room. The Dental Practice’s previous standard Technician neglected the amalgam separator, ignoring the toxic sludge spilling out of a failure point of the system. For several months, the office was exposed to the methylmercury dropping out of their amalgam separator and into their mechanical room.

Sam Bian and Tim McCulloch, two M.A.R.S Certified Technicians from Patterson Dental, recognized the toxic spill immediately and advised the doctor to upgrade their amalgam separator, guaranteed never to fail, the M.A.R.S LibertyBOSS. After correcting the amalgam separator, Tim and Sam not only protected the office from exposure, but the suction of the office greatly improved.

amalgam separator maintenance

Failure Due to Neglect

Carlos Rodriguez from On-Site Rescue is an entirely dedicated Amalgam Separator Specialist, servicing the Orlando Florida area. Among the Florida locals, Carlos is well known as a compliance guru, often being called across the State to consult at many Dental Practices.

Recently, with the call for Florida Dentists to become compliant with the local Water Treatment Plant Standards, many Practices have been installing amalgam separators to get ahead of the regulation. Unfortunately, some of these Offices have put their trust, practice, and money in the hands of the wrong people.

During two nearly back to back consultations, On Site Rescue had come across two filter type amalgam separators that have completely failed inside the Dental Practice. The Service Companies who sold these systems to the office neglected to teach the office about the required weekly inspections and filter changes whenever they are full (Roughly 4-6 months).

Failed systems

On Site Rescue taught the offices the necessary preventative maintenance on each system, helping them ensure their compliance. A hard lesson learned by these practices as they had needlessly spent thousands on their high maintenance amalgam separators.

The Triple Threat Offender

Please read Friday’s blog, as we will be sharing the biggest offender of amalgam separator non-compliance.

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