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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Is Your Boiler Operating Too Loudly? Lime Scaling May Be To Blame

by Mike Brewer

Commercial boilers are necessary for a wide variety of businesses, but they are susceptible to problems that can make them run too loudly or poorly. If your commercial boiler is running too loudly (a condition known as kettling), there's a chance that lime scaling is to blame.

What Is Lime Scaling?

Lime scaling is the buildup of lime deposits in your boiler. This happens because of contaminants in your water feed and isn't necessarily limited to lime. However, as lime builds up in your boiler, it will begin to interfere with how your boiler operates. This will cause the sound known as "kettling" that makes your boiler so loud.

Scaling will also cause your boiler to become less efficient and make it require more heat to operate properly. Even worse, it can cause a variety of dangers that can actually put the lives of your workers and even your clients at risk.

Dangers Of Lime Scaling

Beyond decreasing the efficiency of your boiler, lime scaling can put it under danger of breaking down. As water boils in your boiler, the steam expands and puts it under strain. With lime scaling, this expansion will be worsened as the heat will have less room to expand. It will also cause problems with your heat exchanger and may cause it to break down.

Even worse, it could cause a chain reaction of problems that could cause your boiler to explode. This is most likely if your heat exchanger breaks down, when scaling gets worse, and if you are using your boiler heavily. As a result, it is important to power clean your commercial boiler when you notice kettling, as this can keep it from exploding.

Cleaning Deposits From Your Boiler

There are a variety of different ways you can clean the lime scaling from your tank. The following are among the most popular and effective methods for cleaning lime scaling from commercial boilers:

  • Acoustic cleaning – uses acoustic horns to break apart buildup and allow it to be flushed away
  • Water lances – uses high-pressure water jets to blast away lime scaling and remove it with remote-controlled robotics
  • Soot blowers – uses compressed air and steam to break away lime scaling and to prevent it from recurring
  • Explosives – very light explosives can be used to literally blow up the lime scaling deposits from the interior of the tank

Whichever method you decide to use, make sure to contact a professional commercial boiler cleaning expert in order to avoid making a mistake that might seriously impact your boiler. For more information, contact a business such as Boiler Services, Inc.

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