Care Homes Care About their Heating Systems…
And so do we at Hydropath
Those of you who live in a hard water area, you know how limescale can cause problems in your home with showers, appliances and heating systems.
Imagine the problems in a care home with 90 residents.
Limescale build-up causes loss of pressure and functionality.
In severe case limescale can cause breakdown of boilers, water heaters, laundry and kitchen equipment.
Back in 2012, the “Technical Manager” of Gerardus Majella Care Home in Denekamp, Holland had real limescale problems.
This kind of responsibility often lies on the shoulders of the Maintenance Team. Facility Manager. The Caretaker. The Care Home Manager. The Site Manager.
HydroFLOW® units protect the hard-working boiler plant rooms allowing them to maintain efficiency of boilers, pipes and pumps, saving energy, maintenance time and money.
Free Site Consultation
Maimtec based in Netherlands offer water treatment services for limescale and biofouling problems. They provided a free consultancy and site assessment and survey of water and heating systems of Gerardus Majella Care Home
One HydroFLOW® commercial unit (was installed on the cold-water feed ca. 50 m from the central 1000 litre boiler in boiler room above in the building. Another HydroFLOW® HS40 was installed on the warm water circulation pipe that came back to the boiler for all users in the residential complex.
Results were very positive.
“The technical manager was astonished from what he saw and even bought a small unit for his own house.”
HydroFLOW® electronic water conditioners offer a chemical-free approach to treating existing and new limescale as well as biofouling.
Thinking about TMV’s?
Control of limescale is also important for the prevention of Legionnaires Disease. As noted in the L8 agreed code of practise for Legionnaires Disease, hardness scale forms a barrier to treatment chemicals and may provide microbial habitat. (L8-1, 1.9). Heavily scaled heat exchange surfaces make it more difficult to maintain the higher temperatures needed to reduce legionella risk.
Another important aspect for Legionella management is the formation of biofilm on surfaces. Biofilm can impair heat transfer efficiency, cause severe localised corrosion and encourage the growth of legionella and should be considered as high-risk contamination (L8-1, 1.9).