Limescale, also known as calcium scale, is a major problem for many industries who rely on water equipment such as pipes, pumps, heat exchangers, boilers, cooling towers, and other water-fed machinery.
Limescale build-up inside systems like these develops over time, but even small amounts of limescale build-up can result in a dramatic surge in energy usage, reduced flow rates and lost production. Components affected by limescale can typically also be the cause of serious and costly equipment failure, and Australian industries spend billions of dollars each year to control and remove limescale build-up.
Commercial impacts of limescale
Limescale inside machinery and water equipment accumulates slowly but surely and starts to interfere with equipment performance, as well as causing significant problems to the operation and its efficiency. Because performance degradation usually occurs slowly, these changes often go unnoticed initially, but lead to long term losses in the long run. The build-up limescale can severely interfere with the efficiency and reliability of machinery, pipework and processes, leading to decreased productivity and costly failures.
Another side effect of limescale build-up in cooling systems and cooling towers is the increased prevalence of Legionella bacteria which can lead to Legionnaires’ disease.
How does limescale affect you?
If you are directly working with water technology such as industrial heat exchangers, evaporative coolers, boilers, chillers, or other equipment relying on water, you may already know the problems limescale can cause. Scale control and prevention can benefit industrial water users by minimising or eliminating unexpected production shutdowns and generating substantial savings through water conservation. As an example, did you know that just 0.8mm of limescale can decrease heating efficiency by as much as 10%?
Whether you are already trying to control existing limescale or you wish to prevent future scaling, we have the right solution for you. With our range of Hydropath products, you can easily control and prevent limescale, improve filtration and water quality, as well as reducing biofouling.
Discover the different options we offer to help you manage your equipment and target and control problems caused by limescale by downloading our Hydropath product brochure. No matter your needs and facilities, we can tailor a solution to fit your exact requirements. Download the brochure today and find out what we can do for you.