Water testing and validation is essential to water management. It allows for corrective actions and enhanced monitoring within a facility’s environment.
One of the most important accessories you can have for your steam boiler is a water softener. It serves a crucial role in helping your boiler avoid malfunctions and run more efficiently. Hard water, water filled with minerals like calcium and magnesium, can cause damage to boiler tubes. The presence of calcium and magnesium also causes hard scaling, which will decrease the heat transfer (i.e. efficiency) inside the boiler. The solution to prevent both of these potential problems is a water softener working in conjunction with your boiler.
Feedwater hardness is one of the main factors in making treatment recommendations. Where feedwater is softened, the amount of hardness in the softener effluent is a measure of the softener performance. This indicates when the softener needs to be regenerated. Also, the presence of hardness in returned condensate water is most likely a positive indication of in-leakage and contamination of the condensate. Therefore, water hardness measurements from return line piping should be taken as well.
If you supervise a limited-attendance or unattended boiler, let us assist you with your water testing requirements and the following available water tests:
- Feedwater tests
- Boiler water tests
- Condensate tests