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Doing the most to Preserve Boilers


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Default Doing the most to Preserve Boilers

Ishadley,
Welcome to 'Stak.
We have had a lot of newcomers lately...

When you do get around to steaming your boiler, remember this;
Water is not naturally friendly to boilers.

It can be corrosively acidic or laden with minerals that cause scale.

Cold water holds dissolved gases that pit and rust steel.

Dissolved salts can also pit steel and lead to galvanic corrosion of dissimilar metals.

Uneven heating due to scale deposits and poor circulation can generate mechanical stresses far greater than the pressure of steam.

Boilers need a water pH around 10. What we call neutral water, pH around 7, is like acid to steel.

Under most circumstances, placing plain water without treatment in a boiler is doing slow and irreversable damage to that boiler.

Unfortunately, many individuals, businesses and institutions tend to ignore all the above until the damage is done.

I wish you all the best with steaming and living off the grid.
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