The biggest issues associated with boilers, cooling towers and plant infrastructure carrying water is the fact that water’s life-giving properties also encourage bacterial growth, which fouls metal surfaces. Water also dissolves gases (like oxygen and carbon dioxide) which can corrode metals. Corrosion is the reversion of a metal to its original ore form – for example, the iron used to construct boilers can revert to iron oxide as the result of corrosion.
If left untreated, scale deposits and fouling diminish equipment’s efficiency, and can lead to unplanned downtime. But guarding against fouling & scale deposits is not a one-size-fits-all proposition, because the quality of a plant’s incoming source water can vary significantly.
The benefits of properly administrating scale inhibitors include: