~ by Steve Guercia, Commercial and Public Water Manager
Does your business have any not so obvious water problems?
Water can affect equipment in a variety of ways, some of which are not obvious. Many people are aware of how hardness can impact a boiler where the process of heating the water causes calcium dissolved in the water to turn into a solid particle. This particle does not exist as a piece of calcium in the water like a piece of dirt. It sticks to the surfaces in the boiler and forms a hard calcium scale. This reduces the efficiency of the boiler and will destroy the boiler if left unchecked.
So how can hardness effect a vacuum generator?
Anyone who has been to the dentist knows they have a tube they put in your mouth to suck out debris. But how many of us have ever thought about how they make the suction? We recently found out because we were called in when one failed.
Some dentists have a vacuum generator that uses water to spin a turbine (a small paddle wheel). This in turn spins a device that creates suctions. As you can see in the picture, hardness scale collects on the turbine over time. This changes its shape and its balance, resulting in system failure.
The solution was a water softener to remove the hardness and prevent scaling on the turbine, thus maintaining suction. Happy dentist and happy patients.
There is a lot of equipment that uses water to operate or to cool itself. Anytime water goes through equipment it can have an impact on that equipment. The best way to know if that impact will damage the equipment is to test the water. We can then advise you on characteristics of the water that need to be corrected to protect your equipment.
The second best way to know if the water will impact your equipment is to wait for it to fail. We still do the same tests, but now you have equipment to repair.
Contact our commercial team if you have anything that uses water, especially autoclaves, humidifiers, steam generators, or high volume hot water systems. We can help you avoid equipment failures and repairs.