ScaleSafe prevents and removes scale buildup in boilers, water heaters, ice machines, food service equipment and more. Eliminating scale buildup reduces energy costs and extends the life of your equipment.
ScaleSafe combines with the calcium carbonate in water to form a protective microfilm on the inside of pipes and water fed equipment. This film inhibits corrosion and increases the solubility of minerals preventing them from forming scale.
Prevents scale buildup in water heaters and boilers
Scale buildup is a serious problem that can affect your water heating equipment. It can reduce its efficiency and drive up energy bills, making it harder to keep your home warm and comfortable.
The minerals in the water supply (calcium and magnesium) bind with the heating elements, heat transfer surfaces and walls of boilers and water heaters forming hard deposits called scale. Depending on the type of heating equipment, this can be extremely damaging to it.
In fact, scale has been identified as the #1 cause of failures and breakdowns in equipment such as boilers and water heaters. It has also been linked to reduced lifespans and lowered efficiency of these heating appliances.
This is why preventing scale buildup is crucial to the longevity of your heating equipment.
One of the best ways to prevent scale buildup is through an ongoing water treatment program. A water treatment program that removes the hardness in your water can prevent scale from forming in your equipment and can help it work more efficiently.
To reduce scale formation, you can use a water softener, which removes the calcium and magnesium ions that make your water “hard.” These ions are then replaced with other ions, such as sodium.
A water softener can also help to keep your boiler clean by removing bacteria and other unwanted particles that can settle in the water lines. It can also prevent the buildup of rust and corrosion in your pipes.
In addition to a water softener, you can also use specialized chemicals that are designed for boilers and water heaters. Miura, for example, offers a boiler water treatment product that combines both a scale dispersant and a chemical that creates a protective layer of film on the inside of the water tubes.
Prevents scale buildup in brewing equipment
When water is heated, minerals like calcium carbonate (scale), iron, magnesium and alkaline ions can come out of solution to form deposits on the surfaces inside pipes, heater tanks, pumps and other equipment. These scale buildups can interfere with the flow of water, impede heat transfer and increase wear and tear.
While these problems are often a concern of industrial and commercial facilities, they can also cause issues in the home. Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent and eliminate scale buildup.
First, you can install a water filter or reverse osmosis system. These systems remove a lot of the minerals and other chemicals in your tap water to improve taste and reduce scale. They are very inexpensive and easy to install.
However, these products are not a replacement for a good cleaning routine. A good detergent should be used to ensure that all the scale is removed from your brewing equipment and pipes.
Another important step is to re-blend your water with fresh, clean water from the tap to minimize scale buildup on the equipment. This will help maintain consistent quality of your coffee and keep you from having to replace the water as frequently.
Scale can also be prevented by using a CIP solution that includes a chelating agent or sequestrant. These types of chemicals can prevent the precipitation of calcium and magnesium salts onto equipment surface.
These products are available in a variety of formulations to address different water conditions. They include products that contain EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid), NTA (nitrilotri-acetic acid), ADPA (aceto diphosphonic acid) and other additives to combat hard water. These chemicals can be incorporated into the detergent formulation or added to the blending process.
Prevents scale buildup in ice machines
Scale buildup is a serious problem for ice machines because it can negatively impact the machine’s performance and lead to costly repairs. In addition, scale can clog water lines, heat exchangers, and other parts of the ice machine.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to prevent these problems: Install a quality ice machine water filter. These filters will remove the harmful contaminants that can cause scale and other issues, such as chlorine.
A good ice machine water filter can also help to keep the ice maker clean and running at maximum efficiency. This can help save you money in the long run by preventing unnecessary repairs and replacements.
Another way to prevent scale buildup is by keeping the ice maker’s ice bin free of debris, which can reduce bridging (ice freezing together). This can significantly increase the life of an ice machine and decrease energy costs.
In addition, a good ice maker water filter will help to prevent mineral buildup in the ice machine’s water. This is especially important if you have hard water in your area.
The water coming into an ice machine will be high in minerals, including calcium and magnesium. These ions can form scale in the ice maker’s water distributor and ice thickness probe.
This scale can clog the ice maker’s water inlet valve, which can cause the water to overflow into the machine if it sticks open or causes all of the ice to drain into the drain line if the dump valve sticks closed.
Thankfully, this issue can be prevented by using a specialized, slowly soluble polyphosphate that keeps the scale-forming minerals in solution so that they can be removed via the dump cycle. In fact, some ice makers even come with this type of treatment built into the system.
Prevents scale buildup in pressure washers
Scale buildup is a serious problem that can negatively affect the performance of your pressure washer and reduce its lifespan. It can also lead to significant repairs and replacement costs.
As water heats or evaporates, calcium carbonate, also known as scale, forms on your equipment and hoses. This hard mineral buildup can shorten the life of your pressure washer and cause it to break down more quickly than it should.
There are several ways to prevent this from happening, and one of the easiest is using a scale inhibitor product. This preventative product will inhibit the growth of crystals of scale and soap to help prolong your machine’s life.
Another option is to treat the water before it enters your pressure washer. This method can be a very cost effective way to keep your pressure washer running longer and prevent costly repairs.
While the exact ratio of chemicals used to soften the water will vary from machine to machine, you should begin by adding a few ounces of detergent to the water. This should be enough to remove light dirt and grime, but it may be necessary to increase the amount if you’re dealing with heavy stains.
For the best results, make sure to use a product specifically designed for your type of equipment. This can be a liquid acid like hydrochloric acid, or a powdered sulfamic acid that’s suited for aging metals like galvanized steel. It’s important to note that sulfamic acid is weaker than other acids, so it will take longer to dissolve scale. It can also have a strong odor, so be sure to use safety precautions and ample ventilation. It’s also best to use a professional descaling service to ensure your machine is properly cleaned and dried.
Prevents scale buildup in domestic water systems
Scale buildup can affect all water systems in the home or business. This includes plumbing, water heaters, ice machines, and even coffee makers and pressure washers.
Scaling occurs when chemical compounds and contaminants in water disengage from their water molecules, leaving them to form a dense coating on surfaces. These deposits reduce the flow and efficiency of heating and cooling equipment, as well as causing corrosion to pipes and other materials.
To prevent scale from forming in the first place, water treatment devices that include antiscaling agents can be used. These substances work by altering the attraction forces that occur between scale particles, which makes it less likely for them to stick together and form scale.
For example, a phosphate-based solution can be used to make water more soluble. This decreases the amount of calcium and magnesium salts that can be dissolved in the water, which will help to prevent the formation of scale deposits.
Alternatively, dispersants can be used to make the hard particles in water repel one another. They are similar to crystal growth modification polymers in that they attach directly to the scale particles and change their attractive forces, thereby making it more difficult for them to stick together.
The resulting water may not be soft, but it will not be as problematic for the equipment that uses it. In addition, the amount of energy that is required to heat the water will be reduced, which can save you money on your utility bill.
Unlike other water treatment products, ScaleSafe is not affected by high temperatures and retains its ability to alter the shape of scale causing minerals. It also sequesters iron and manganese, preventing these metals from oxidizing and causing red and black staining in the water. Additionally, ScaleSafe combines with the calcium carbonate in water, forming a protective microfilm on the insides of pipes and water feed equipment. This microfilm will not increase in thickness as it is continually washed off and replaced by the flow of treated water.