Modern Industrial Boiler Cleaning-Safer and More Efficient

Armed with long rods and brushes, early boiler cleaners toiled for hours scraping off combustion debris from a boiler’s fireside and scooping out waterside sediment exposed to all sorts of deadly ash and contaminants. Fortunately, for modern day technicians the days of long sticks and brushes are gone and new inventions keep soot and debris out of their lungs and off their faces. However, the basic problems of boiler soot and scale haven’t gone away.

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Boiler Cleaning, a Routine but Crucial Part of Facility Management

Boilers are built for a very specific reason: to provide heated water or steam using the least amount of energy, for the lowest cost, with little to no downtime. The facility manager’s job is simple and summed up in Cleaver-Brooks’ boiler efficiency guide; Routine inspections and preventative maintenance will pay for themselves in keeping boiler efficiency up and fuel costs down.” Unfortunately, maintenance staff sometimes take boilers for granted and forget that, just like any piece of HVAC equipment, a boiler needs maintenance, cleaning, and tuning. Without regular service, boiler performance diminishes and breakdowns become more frequent.

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Recording Available! Webinar: Industrial Boiler Cleaning

Goodway’s free webinar, “Industrial Boiler Cleaning” is available. The webinar host, Mark Roth, Goodway sales director, with guest Ray Field, Goodway’s director chemical technologies, walk through the basics of industrial boilers, the importance of cleaning and preventative maintenance, how to determine whether mechanical or chemical cleaning is the best solution for your facility, and the process for performing those cleaning options. There is also a question and answer session at the end of the webinar. Don’t miss this important webinar!

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Industrial Boiler Cleaning – Waterside and Fireside Solutions

Mike Rowe, the host of TV’s Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, has tried his hand at some very, very dirty jobs throughout his career. In one episode Mike works with a boiler mechanic to do the annual cleaning of an old steam boiler. After a few hours scraping and sweeping the boiler tubes Mike, covered in soot and dirty water, looks at the mechanic and says, “As jobs go. This really is about as bad as it gets.”

Anyone who has cleaned a boiler probably agrees because boiler cleaning can be a tough and filthy job. In a best case scenario, the work requires a technician to clean two sides of the same machine: the fire side, where the fuel combustion takes place and the water side where cool water is heated to either very hot water or steam. Each side of the boiler has different contaminants that need to be scraped off, etched away, and vacuumed out before the entire machine is clean.

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Can Prescriptive Maintenance (RxM) Make Tube Cleaning More Efficient and Effective?

For industrial plants using water or fire tube boilers, maintenance managers know that boiler shutdowns need to be planned in advance to minimize plant downtime.  When a boiler is cold the plant is not operating at full capacity so the fewer times per year the boiler is offline, the better. Usually what drives the need for a maintenance shutdown is diminished boiler efficiency from fouled tubes. 

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