Corrosion and Water Treatment
Example of severe corrosion in a boiler.
Corrosion control water treatment is a type of water treatment designed to protect parts of water-based applications from corroding. Corrosion is one of the most harmful water issues that can occur within water systems and, along with scaling, fouling, and biological growth, it is one of the most frequent issues that can manifest within an improperly treated system.
Corrosion occurs as water slowly dissolves metals in pipes or water-based applications, leading to deterioration, weakening, or even rupturing. The exact damage caused by corrosion depends on several factors, including specific water chemistry, water temperature, flow rate, and more. Likewise, the type of treatment required to prevent corrosion can vary as well. Speaking to a water treatment specialist is the first step to protecting your pipes and other important water applications from corrosion.
How Costly is Corrosion?
All water can contain dissolved gases, minerals, or metals that can make it corrosive to objects it flows over or through. Depending on the specific chemistry of the water, this process can happen relatively quickly, or over the course of many years, but regardless of how long it takes, if water isn’t treated to protect against corrosion, it will happen eventually, and can cause major problems such as:
º Premature equipment failure
º Brittle pipes
º Reduced heat transfer
º Perforations or rupturing
º Mechanical damages
º Contaminated water
On top of this, if a water system begins leaking, it can cause severe water damage to the area and equipment around wherever the leak springs. If heating elements are damaged, or heat transfer is reduced, it can lead to significant increases in the cost of fuel and water.
How to Prevent Corrosion with Water Treatment
There are numerous ways to protect against corrosion, and therefore mitigate or prevent the harmful affects associated with the issue. As mentioned before, there are different types of corrosion and many factors play a role in determining what treatment solution works best. For optimal results, a system audit should be performed by a water treatment expert to cater a plan that works for your water.
Filming amines create a hydrophobic film throughout a system that essentially acts as a barrier between water and metal, preventing the deterioration normally caused by corrosion.
Purified tannins protect against corrosion while also allowing boiler applications to perform at higher levels of efficiency and cycle concentration.
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Protecting your water-based applications from corrosion and other common water treatment issues can help keep your equipment efficient and help them last longer. If you have any questions or want to know more about corrosion control water treatment, contact us. One of our water treatment specialists would love to with you!