A fundamental of clarifier performance monitoring and control is ensuring everything runs as it should. A few key indicators suggest your system might need some attention. The signs of a system needing clarifier repairs can be found in the equipment and the effluent itself. Here’s how to improve your clarifier treatment process

1. Changes in Oil Color

When oil is present in the wastewater, it can be an indication that something isn’t right with your system. If you notice changes in the color of the oil, it’s time to take a closer look. If the oil is darker than usual, it could signify excessive sludge accumulation. This can lead to clogs and other problems down the line. If the oil is lighter than usual, it could signal a leak. Either way, it’s important to take action to prevent further issues.

2. Foam on the Surface of the Water

Foam on the surface of the water is another potential sign of trouble. In most cases, foam is caused by an increase in solids. This can cause the system to become overloaded and lead to clogs, decreased performance, and other problems. With that said, there are a few other potential causes of foam. They include:

• Detergent build-up

• Excess oils

• pH imbalances

To troubleshoot the issue, it’s important to take a closer look at all potential causes.

3. Decreased Performance

If you notice that your system isn’t performing as well as it used to, it’s time to take a closer look. There are a number of potential causes of decreased performance, including clogs, leaks, and changes in wastewater composition.

4. Changes in Water Level

Water level changes can be another sign that something is wrong with your system. If you notice that the water level is rising, it could be an indication of a leak. On the other hand, if the water level is falling, it could mean that your system isn’t removing enough wastewater. In either case, it’s important to take action to prevent further issues. This can help you avoid problems like overflows and effluent discharge.

5. Lubrication Requirement

Keeping an eye on the lubrication requirements is important. If you notice that your system needs more lubrication than usual, it’s a sign that something is wrong. It could be a sign of excessive wear and tear or a build-up of debris.


These are just a few signs that your system might need clarifier repairs. If you notice any of these issues, it’s important to take action to prevent further problems. Your system needs to be running smoothly and efficiently to be effective. Contact RAK Industrial Services Inc. to learn more about our clarifier repair services. We can help you keep your system running smoothly and efficiently.

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