What are boiler scale and corrosion inhibitors and why are they important?
Scale (the buildup of mineral deposits) and corrosion (the
deterioration of metal) reduces the quality of life and overall life expectancy
of water system equipment and parts. If the proper preventative measures are
not in place, scale and corrosion can quickly wreak havoc, causing issues such
as leaks and equipment failure. This can result in costly repairs and the need
Corrosion inhibitors are chemical treatments used to slow or
stop corrosive damage. The chemical attaches itself to the metallic surface and
provides a protective layer reducing the corrosive action. Corrosion inhibitors
help to reduce equipment repair costs, improve water quality, conserve energy,
lessen waste, and improve safety.
Polymer treatments inhibit scale and deposits by working to
disperse solids that form in boilers. Scale inhibitors help boiler water
maintain pH levels between 10 and 11. At these pH levels, metals become
passivated, or unreactive, to ensure there is no accumulation of deposits.