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HPM October 2012

WATERTREATMENT&WASTEMANAGEMENT WWW.HPMMAG.COM Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com Water treatment pivotal to success Steve Rock, of Spirotech UK, highlights how the often overlooked subject of water treatment procedures plays a significant role in overall system health and performance optimisation... Imerited little attention when compared to purely magnetic system leaves behind dirt andDirt separators are now widely used as part ofcan cause problems and build up in the future.the water treatment regime. However, using at’s true to say that there was a time, not so longago, when system cleanliness was oftenregarded as a low level maintenance issue that exciting new advances in system technology and debris such as copper, filings and flux. So, the equipment. effective solution lies in a high quality dual However, many of those who ignored system action dirt separation system that combines cleanliness and chose not to implement magnetic and non-magnetic cleaning preventative maintenance protocols have mechanisms. ultimately paid the price, as an accumulation of Be sure to research the product options that dirt and silt can put a strain on system are available in the marketplace and choose a components and, therefore, contribute to total product of high quality construction - check out breakdown. product specification, performance, ease of If sludge is allowed to build up and air gets installation, maintenance and product trapped in the pipework and radiators, then not guarantees. only will the heating suffer, but households will A dirt separator is not just crucial for existing face a rise in heating bills, boiler noise and cold systems, but also for the next generation of pockets too. Indeed, with the highest heating systems. Putting measures in place to specification boilers being only as efficient as the ensure that dirt and air cannot build-up from the quality of the water flowing through them, the time that the system is first installed is the ideal need to remove dirt and air from the system just situation, but it’s possible to benefit from water cannot be ignored. This dirt build-up cycle can treatment measures at a later date in the lifecycle be tackled by implementing a thorough and of older systems. processed water treatment regime. AIR REMOVAL SYSTEM BREAKDOWNS Air removal is another consideration, as trapped With system breakdowns often resulting in costly A SpiroTrap MB3 magnet dual separation system air can cause corrosion and noise in a system. call out charges or the replacement of boilers and from Spirotech UK is fitted by an installer For example, you could introduce micro bubble other system parts, a preventative maintenance deaerators which are installed inline on the programme is now more important than ever in to a reduction in carbon emissions, helping to heating flow and continuously remove free air the run up to the peak season – especially as ensure that the system is more environmentally and micro bubbles from the system fluid. wintery conditions can put an extra strain on the friendly. system too. CHEMICALS Modern equipment is very sensitive to air and LEGISLATION Although they do have a part to play in a water dirt, so if the water quality isn’t successfully In light of recent changes in the Building treatment regime, chemical protectors used in managed, then the integrity of the whole system Regulators Part L Compliance Guide, increasingly isolation simply aren’t enough. For the most is threatened. rigorous cleaning procedures also need to be effective water treatment regime, the system must Without addressing the build up of sludge, dirt adhered to in order to comply with the first be flushed and cleaned with the appropriate and air the system’s ability to perform will be legislation - making it more important than ever cleaners - then upon final fill protectors can be greatly compromised, with systems struggling to to protect system water in accordance with the added. perform efficiently. And with annual rises in fuel BS7593 code of practice from the outset, i.e. at In summary, it’s important to view flushing, prices, maintaining an efficient system is key. the point when the system is first filled. If this chemicals inhibitors and protectors, air and dirt A clean system doesn’t simply mean a smooth does not happen then not only will dirt and silt separation as one inter-related process, with each running system. System cleanliness also begin to build-up but the warranty on the boiler playing its own part in the water treatment translates into appreciable energy savings which will be invalid. process. can make their mark on reducing running costs. There are plenty of options to choose from With so many different options available for In addition to the performance benefits and when introducing water treatment methods, clearing the system of dirt and debris and air, it’s the alleviation of unnecessary strain on including flushing, magnetising and installing a important to check out the best quality products components, the introduction of an effective and high quality dirt separation unit, as well as and services. thorough water treatment programme in the run removing excess air, which can cause corrosion There are specialist companies who can up to winter, can play its part in helping to and noise in a system. provide a portfolio of water treatment product ensure that both fuel costs and carbon emissions solution options and informed advice on the can be reduced. DUAL ACTION DIRT SEPARATORS subject of water treatment and we suggest that When heating systems are operating to Although it has a part in the overall water you call on the specialists in this field for advice optimal efficiency, energy consumption is conditioning process, flushing alone doesn’t and guidance. significantly reduced and this would contribute remove all debris, leaving behind dirt and silt enquiry number 162 76 OCTOBER 2012 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY


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