Any business that utilizes boilers should be aware of the importance of boiler water pre-treatment. Feedwater that enters a boiler can carry within it any number of impurities, contaminants, or other unwanted material that can harm the boiler and lead to downtime or premature repairs or replacements. A layer of scale as thin as an eggshell can increase fuel usage by as much ten percent, and since fuel is often the most expensive portion of running a boiler, that can add up quickly and significantly reduce profits. To both maximize the efficiency of a boiler, and protect and prolong its working lifespan, feedwater pre-treatment is almost always necessary.
What is Involved in Boiler Water Pre-Treatment?
Boiler water pre-treatment usually consists of a series of technologies purposed to address issues in feedwater before it enters a boiler. This can include such things as:
• Water softening
• Reverse osmosis
• Oxygen scavenging
• Chemical treatment
• & much more
The exact pre-treatment system needed will always depend on the makeup of the feedwater and other factors.
What Does Pre-Treatment Accomplish?
Pre-treatment can prevent many common issues associated with boiler water, including scaling and corrosion which are two of the most common and impactful issues associated with poorly treated boiler water. Water can hold minerals and suspended solids that can deposit onto heat transfer surfaces and reduce efficiency of the system and reduce the boiler’s longevity. Proper boiler water pre-treatment starts by talking to a water treatment expert. Contact us today to get in touch with one of our experienced engineers.