Hello, my name is Jason, and I am the Technical Specialist at M.A.R.S Bio-Med, today’s preventative maintenance course is talking about the SolmeteX Hg5 amalgam separators. What I am going to do is inform you on the manufacturer’s required maintenance. The city of Toronto did a study, they found that 70% of amalgam separators are not maintained or installed correctly. This is because most service companies and dentists aren’t educated on the required maintenance of these systems. Once these systems are maintained properly, you’ll have a fully functioning office. which could save your suction, and keep your office running efficiently and compliant.
SolemeteX Hg5 Manual Requirements
The first thing I am going to suggest is page five and four of the SolmeteX Hg5 manual require a weekly maintenance of this system. What I like to do is take my cell phone, and what I suggest is take a flashlight, and shine this against the filter. Use multiple sections. As sludge builds up on the sidewalls, it is hard to determine if it just builds up on the walls or actual “fillage.” So what I do is I look in a couple of sections, until you see light. Once you see light, and you move it around and you see light in a couple of sections, this will give you an indication of where the sludge level is. While you are down there once a week doing this maintenance, I would also suggest shining in the upper chamber.
The SolmeteX Hg5 inlet is about a 3/4″ inlet, and if a piece of biofilm sits on top of this, you may have something where your filter looks empty, but your upper chamber is building. Do not fret, there is a way of solving this issue.
Solving a Clog Issue in Your SolmeteX Hg5
What I am going to suggest, is the same procedure that SolmeteX suggests when removing and filling or changing a SolmeteX Hg5 filter yourselves. Wear gloves, they also suggest wearing a coat and some protective gear. The most important piece of protective gear that I suggest; I have every certified M.A.R.S amalgam separator specialist taught to do this. When changing any amalgam separator, to wear a respirator. This respirator is rated for mercurous gasses. When mercury amalgam sits in water, it dissolves into a soluble form, because the tin has an ionic charge that releases mercury into a gas. What happens is, when you mix biological (blood, saliva), with elemental mercury you get methylmercury, and that’s what happens in amalgam separators; they create methylmercury. So, I would wear a respirator, like this. This is a 3M respirator, rated for mercurous gasses.
Once we have all our safety equipment on, we’re going to try to remove the blockage from the upper chamber, and bring it down to your empty filter. Leave your suction running. You are going to pull your pins, and the suction will help keep the filter in place. You are going to tilt the filter slightly. What this is going to do is, it is going to allow air into the inlet, jostle things around that may have been causing the clog. And then you are going to put the filter back, put your pins back in. Come back in 24 hours, this should allow anything in the upper chamber to fall into the empty filter.
What To Do if Your SolmeteX Hg5 Filter is Full
If your filter is full, and your upper chamber is full, the next procedure is to determine how full. Now, if you have a couple of inches at the bottom [of the upper chamber] when you change out your filter, keep in mind you’ll probably have about a 1/3 of your filter full within a short period, let’s say a week; because everything from up here [the upper chamber], is going to fall.
Now, if your amalgam separator has been neglected for a while, and you have significant build up in the upper chamber, it is recommended that the more economical route is to replace the entire system, even if you are replacing it with another SolmeteX Hg5. But if you have sludge up to here [midway up the upper chamber], you are looking at about 3 or 4 filters worth of build up. And you’ll be going through 3 or 4 filters within a month’s period, roughly, just to clear your upper chamber clog. This could cost a significant amount of money, and to but a full unit would the least expensive, more economical route.
SolmeteX Hg5 Filters Need to be Changed Regularly
The next bit of information about this amalgam separator is how often the filter needs to be changed. Many service companies don’t have the appropriate training on amalgam separators, in general. And don’t understand how often these filters need to be changed.
Please go onto the M.A.R.S Bio-Med website and talk to one of our certified amalgam separators specialists. We offer certain service companies training on amalgam separators. The same training we offer to Water Treatment Plants.
Filter based amalgam separators, such as the SolmeteX Hg5, require filters to be changed once a year, or 12 months, or when it is full, whichever comes first. It is not one or the other. If you have a half filled filter after 12 months, the system needs to be changed to become compliant.
If You Need More Information
I hope you found this information very helpful. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call M.A.R.S Bio-Med at 1-866-594-3648. Or please visit our distributor page and talk to our certified amalgam specialists. You could also call SolmeteX for any further questions about the maintenance of these systems.
Thank you for watching our Preventative Maintenance Video on the SolmeteX Hg5.