Chemical Descalers: All the Stats, Facts, and Data You’ll Ever Need to Know

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Each year scale thick deposits cost industries millions of dollars. When thick scale builds up, it prevents equipment from working at optimal levels, meaning the equipment is forced to work harder, which can cause increased operating costs and reduced efficiencies. Using chemical descalers regularly also reduces the chances of equipment breaking down, preventing downtime in your facility. (See all chemical descalers

It is crucial for facility managers and business owners to learn how to descale effectively and safely to prevent any damage to your equipment and lower your facility’s operating costs. 

What is Descaling and How Can Chemical Descalers Help?

If you manage any of these condensers, chillers, boilers, heat exchangers, cooling towers, or compressors, you have scale. Scale buildup may not be apparent immediately, but your equipment will suffer sooner or later. Descaling systems quickly and easily eliminate scale buildup when used with descaling chemicals by circulating the chemical and flushing out the buildup.  (See all chemical descaling pump systems)

Where to Use Chemical Descaler

Unlike the harsh chemicals you’ve used in the past, Scalebreak® is a safe, quick, and easy solution. There is a special version for stainless steel, and it is safe on steel, iron, copper, plastic, and rubber. With ScaleBreak®, iron oxide deposits and calcium carbonate deposits are guaranteed to dissolve. Chemical descalers can handle various industrial descaler applications, such as boilers, hot water tanks, steam generators, plate, and shell heat exchangers, condensers, chillers, cooling coils, oil coolers, and more. 

How Do Chemical Descalers Work?

Water-formed deposits, such as limescale, can rob equipment of much of its efficiency, increase operating costs, and shorten equipment life. A chemical descaler is an easy and effective way to remove deposits like scale, limescale, struvite, and rust. Chemical descalers act on calcium carbonate, sulfate, and silica buildup to break them down and flush them from the system. Chemical scale removal can be accomplished in several ways, but it is most effective when the chemical is pumped through the piping and connections of a system.

Why Use Chemical Descaler

4 Ways to Detect Scale Buildup In Your Systems.

Due to limescale deposits that build up over time, some symptoms will be gradual. However, small changes in equipment efficiency can indicate limescale growth. Listed below are some additional signs you need to address your limescale issue:

  1. Cost increases: The cost of operating the chiller increases (such as due to pump failures or high head pressure that causes the chiller to shut down).
  2. System Failure: Downtime has increased.
  3. Overall expenses: The cost of heating and cooling is steadily rising.
  4. System indicators: High head pressures, elevated pump readings, or poor equipment performances on your boilers, chillers, heat exchangers, or towers.

Read this descaler case study to see how Wagner-Meinert reduced head pressure from 423 PSI to 254 PSI, a 40% reduction with a chemical descaler. 



Next Steps:

Read this case study to see how a Cogeneration Plant Efficiency Improved with Scalebreak®-MP

Watch our webinar: Scale: Why You Have It, What It Does, and How to Descale Safely and Effectively

Order a free sample of ScaleBreak® Chemical descaler

Let one of our in-house experts assess your specific descaling needs.

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