Sludge build-up from corrosion can lead to cold spots on radiators, reduced system effectiveness and diminished energy efficiency, among other issues.
Of most concern are complete boiler breakdowns, in fact, 15% of all breakdowns occur in the first year and 60% of these are due to sludge.
In short, poor water treatment does not make for happy heating systems or happy customers. These problems will be, at best, inconvenient and, at worst, disruptive and costly for the homeowner.
In a bid to tackle these issues, a revised British Standard BS 7593:2019 for the preparation, commissioning and maintenance of domestic heating and cooling water systems was introduced in May 2019, to help drive the adoption of best practice in whole system health. In addition to other measures, the standard now includes annual water testing to check the level of inhibitor and cleanliness of the system every year and a full system water test or re-dosing of inhibitor ever five years.
Current on-site ‘dip test’ methods rely heavily on human interpretation, which can leave room for error. Laboratory water tests are highly accurate but require the sample to be sent off-site for analysis, meaning the engineer must schedule another visit to complete the remedial work, which can be costly and time-consuming.
A new way of testing
To help installers assess a system quickly and accurately whilst on-site, ADEY is launching the industry’s first universal water testing kit which provides ‘lab-style’ results instantly to a phone or tablet while they are on the job, offering a convenient and accurate way to comply with BS 7593:2019.
The new ADEY ProCheck® water test kit allows installers to understand live system water quality by measuring for inhibitors, corrosion and pH levels on-site, as well as offering recommendations for action if required.
By using the latest in digital science and recommending a solution on the spot, heating professionals can not only make additional income, but also build a stronger level of trust with their customers and ensure repeat business.
Be the first to find out all about ADEY ProCheck. Register here to be part of the live launch event.