Boiler Water Treatment

Boiler Water Treatment Solutions

At Chemstar WATER, we design our boiler water treatment programs to protect the integrity of boilers and all related heat exchange equipment such as economizers, air preheaters, deaerators, superheaters, and steam turbines.

Many leading industrial and government customers have been trusting Chemstar WATER with their large steam boilers for decades. As you will see in one of our case studies, Chemstar WATER delivers outstanding performance when it comes down to scale, deposit, and corrosion control in the boiler systems.

Importance of Pretreatment of “Boiler Feedwater”

Just like when you wash your clothes, pretreatment can be vital to the overall effectiveness of the process and the outcome! In boiler feedwater, pretreatment consists of several steps to remove raw water impurities (e.g., iron, alkalinity, particulate matter, and hardness). It is dependent on the right treatment program to mitigate the waterside problems. We advise careful maintenance of the pretreatment equipment to ensure continuous positive outcomes as neglected systems are prone to scale and corrosion issues.

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Waterside Problems in Boiler

These waterside problems are generally the result of:

  • Corrosion, tube corrosion caused by oxygen pitting
  • Unified unit corrosion due to uncontrolled low pH
  • Deposits and boiler scale, which reduces the heat transfer
  • Thermal shock, major  fouling, cracking caused by cold water improperly introduced to the boiler
  • Boiler water treatment carryover causing deposits, potentially clogging valves, heat exchangers, turbines, and super heaters
  • Untreated or poorly treated condensate return systems may return a significates amount of iron to the feedwater, causing corrosion and scale

These problems will result in:

  • Increased maintenance and overall operating expenditures: Even minor reductions in efficiency due to improper care can lead to large operating costs.
    More Downtime: Improper care means your plant is offline more due to problems and subject to timely repairs resulting in production losses.
  • Unplanned Equipment Expenses: Poor maintenance also contributes to premature or total equipment failure. With proper water treatment planning in place, the equipment would not require sudden or unexpected repairs or replacements, allowing you to maximize your investment and reach the full expected lifetime of the machinery.
  • Unsafe Environment: Safety is always our priority at Chemstar WATER and our goal is to help your team with the right water management and safety plans so you never experience hazardous operating conditions due to waterside problems.

Boiler Water Treatment Program

Just like with our Cooling Towers, our Boiler Water Treatment Programs are developed and run by our Certified Water Technologist (CWT) and Association of Water Technologies (AWT)  technicians. They are well-versed in the standard fire tube and water designs systems and regularly work on high heat flux steam generators and electric boilers.  When we first meet, you’ll receive a comprehensive assessment that will give you the technical review, analysis, and options to establish a rigorous water treatment management plan optimized for your system and goals. At Chemstar WATER we are OEM-agnostic and offer the best solutions from chemicals to equipment installation and maintenance complemented by our world-class service. You will have a dedicated technician, access to 24-7 reporting, and—best of all—peace of mind that your boiler system is in knowledgeable hands.

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Why you need a steam-water treatment program:

As part of a standard steam boiler’s process, boiler deposits are created, leaving behind metal oxides, scale, and sludge. These deposits hamper circulation and ideal heat exchange leading to corrosion. Customers who don’t maintain their systems experience failures worsened by air ingress and dissolved oxygen concentration surges during downtime because of the corrosion build-up. See our Oxygen Scavengers section to learn more. Our services and water treatment program ensure that your system minimizes such deposit build-up so that you have more uptime and reduced downtime and costs. 

Maximize Boiler Water Treatment Efficiency

Boiler systems are energy-intensive and costly. Therefore, it is in our customers’ best interest to maximize boiler efficiency through increased steam production and reduced fuel consumption in a two-step process:

  1. The first step is to ensure steam and condensate losses are controlled well, including treating condensate return.
  2. The second step is minimizing blowdown, which can be achieved by using makeup water pretreatment systems including water filtration and softening systems, demineralizers, dealkalizers, reverse osmosis systems, electrodialysis reversal as well as water treatment chemicals such as polymer organics.

Through these methods, most of our customers’ energy savings are more than their annual water treatment costs.

Effect of a Good Boiler Water Treatment Program

One measure of the value of good blowdown and deposit control is related to these factors’ impact on fuel cost. Even a thin deposit on the boiler tubes dramatically increases the fuel needed to generate the required amount of steam. 

Consider these examples: 

  1. A 1/32” deposit in a 1,000-HP boiler system operating at 50% load can increase fuel costs by over $150,000 per year. 
  2. Excess blowdown can also greatly impact fuel requirements and costs. Maintaining a 10% blowdown rate (10 feedwater cycles) instead of 5% (20 feedwater cycles) in the same 1,000-HP boiler system can increase fuel costs by over $75,000 per year.

Want a free evaluation of your boiler water treatment system?

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Boiler Water Treatment Solutions

At Chemstar WATER, we design our boiler water treatment programs to protect the integrity of boilers and all related heat exchange equipment such as economizers, air preheaters, deaerators, superheaters, and steam turbines.

Many leading industrial and government customers have been trusting Chemstar WATER with their large steam boilers for decades. As you will see in one of our case studies, Chemstar WATER delivers outstanding performance when it comes down to scale, deposit, and corrosion control in the boiler systems.

Importance of Pretreatment of “Boiler Feedwater”

Just like when you wash your clothes, pretreatment can be vital to the overall effectiveness of the process and the outcome! In boiler feedwater, pretreatment consists of several steps to remove raw water impurities (e.g., iron, alkalinity, particulate matter, and hardness). It is dependent on the right treatment program to mitigate the waterside problems. We advise careful maintenance of the pretreatment equipment to ensure continuous positive outcomes as neglected systems are prone to scale and corrosion issues.

Want a free evaluation of your boiler water treatment system?

CONTACT US

Waterside Problems in Boiler

These waterside problems are generally the result of:

  • Corrosion, tube corrosion caused by oxygen pitting
  • Unified unit corrosion due to uncontrolled low pH
  • Deposits and boiler scale, which reduces the heat transfer
  • Thermal shock, major  fouling, cracking caused by cold water improperly introduced to the boiler
  • Boiler water treatment carryover causing deposits, potentially clogging valves, heat exchangers, turbines, and super heaters
  • Untreated or poorly treated condensate return systems may return a significates amount of iron to the feedwater, causing corrosion and scale

These problems will result in:

  • Increased maintenance and overall operating expenditures: Even minor reductions in efficiency due to improper care can lead to large operating costs.
    More Downtime: Improper care means your plant is offline more due to problems and subject to timely repairs resulting in production losses.
  • Unplanned Equipment Expenses: Poor maintenance also contributes to premature or total equipment failure. With proper water treatment planning in place, the equipment would not require sudden or unexpected repairs or replacements, allowing you to maximize your investment and reach the full expected lifetime of the machinery.
  • Unsafe Environment: Safety is always our priority at Chemstar WATER and our goal is to help your team with the right water management and safety plans so you never experience hazardous operating conditions due to waterside problems.

Boiler Water Treatment Program

Just like with our Cooling Towers, our Boiler Water Treatment Programs are developed and run by our Certified Water Technologist (CWT) and Association of Water Technologies (AWT)  technicians. They are well-versed in the standard fire tube and water designs systems and regularly work on high heat flux steam generators and electric boilers.  When we first meet, you’ll receive a comprehensive assessment that will give you the technical review, analysis, and options to establish a rigorous water treatment management plan optimized for your system and goals. At Chemstar WATER we are OEM-agnostic and offer the best solutions from chemicals to equipment installation and maintenance complemented by our world-class service. You will have a dedicated technician, access to 24-7 reporting, and—best of all—peace of mind that your boiler system is in knowledgeable hands.

Want a free evaluation of your boiler water treatment system?

CONTACT US

Why you need a steam-water treatment program:

As part of a standard steam boiler’s process, boiler deposits are created, leaving behind metal oxides, scale, and sludge. These deposits hamper circulation and ideal heat exchange leading to corrosion. Customers who don’t maintain their systems experience failures worsened by air ingress and dissolved oxygen concentration surges during downtime because of the corrosion build-up. See our Oxygen Scavengers section to learn more. Our services and water treatment program ensure that your system minimizes such deposit build-up so that you have more uptime and reduced downtime and costs. 

Maximize Boiler Water Treatment Efficiency

Boiler systems are energy-intensive and costly. Therefore, it is in our customers’ best interest to maximize boiler efficiency through increased steam production and reduced fuel consumption in a two-step process:

  1. The first step is to ensure steam and condensate losses are controlled well, including treating condensate return.
  2. The second step is minimizing blowdown, which can be achieved by using makeup water pretreatment systems including water filtration and softening systems, demineralizers, dealkalizers, reverse osmosis systems, electrodialysis reversal as well as water treatment chemicals such as polymer organics.

Through these methods, most of our customers’ energy savings are more than their annual water treatment costs.

Effect of a Good Boiler Water Treatment Program

One measure of the value of good blowdown and deposit control is related to these factors’ impact on fuel cost. Even a thin deposit on the boiler tubes dramatically increases the fuel needed to generate the required amount of steam. 

Consider these examples: 

  1. A 1/32” deposit in a 1,000-HP boiler system operating at 50% load can increase fuel costs by over $150,000 per year. 
  2. Excess blowdown can also greatly impact fuel requirements and costs. Maintaining a 10% blowdown rate (10 feedwater cycles) instead of 5% (20 feedwater cycles) in the same 1,000-HP boiler system can increase fuel costs by over $75,000 per year.

Want a free evaluation of your boiler water treatment system?

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Other Solutions We Offer

Compared to the conventional diluted delivery Chemstar WATER's novel approach can save you approximately 10-15% with a smarter glycol service. 
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Water & Energy Savings

At Chemstar WATER, we are committed to minimizing water use and maximizing energy efficiency resulting in a reduced carbon footprint. When we deal with cooling systems, boiler systems, all of the improvements we make have a direct impact on water and energy use. We envision a global economy that uses business as a force for good, is purpose-driven, and creates benefit for all stakeholders; our people, our communities, and our planet.
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Legionnaires Disease Prevention

Outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease are preventable if the proper water management systems are in place. Buildings must ensure that water is monitored and cleaned regularly. Our certified, trained, and staff are here to support you around the clock. We will reduce your risk by helping you build a water management and safety plan.
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Boiler Water Treatment

Our boiler systems treatment programs are designed to protect the integrity of boilers and all related heat exchange equipment. We maximize boiler efficiency through increased steam production and reduced fuel consumption. Because each system is different we will provide you with a customized treatment plan to match your needs and goals.

Boiler Water Chemicals

Chemstar WATER provides needed chemicals for your boiler water treatment. We have our own delivery team and trucks, taking the chemicals all the way to the point of use, so that our customers do not have to handle any chemicals.
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Cooling Tower Water Treatment

Chemstar WATER has developed, fine-tuned, and proven its cooling systems water treatment program’s ability to detect and effectively mitigate microbiological activity. Our programs are designed to control mild-steel and copper corrosion, mineral scale deposits, biofilm growth, and system fouling. Our cooling-systems water treatment formulations are environmentally friendly and meet the most stringent discharge guidelines.

Cooling Tower Water Chemicals

Chemstar WATER provides needed chemicals for your cooling tower water treatment. We have our own delivery team and trucks, taking the chemicals all the way to the point of use, so that our customers do not have to handle any chemicals.

Cooling Tower Cleaning Services

Cooling towers are complicated systems and require professional management and routine physical cleaning to ensure they run efficiently. We provide cooling tower cleaning services to eliminate dirt, particles and debris that builds up in your towers.
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Influent Water Treatment

Treating incoming water to the facility is a key first step to minimize the microbial contamination downstream. Chemstar WATER has been a trusted provider for secondary potable disinfection systems for many commercial and residential buildings. We utilize cutting-edge technology when solving our customers’ water treatment challenges such as water filtration and softening systems, demineralizers, dealkalizers, reverse osmosis, electrodialysis reversal, electro deionization, and electrolysis processes.
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Wastewater Treatment

Chemstar WATER addresses each wastewater treatment situation with a unique solution to ensure that the right handling, chemicals, and care are given to serve each customer appropriately and effectively. Our engineering team designs efficient wastewater solutions with the right chemical and service makeup while keeping the total cost and effectiveness in mind.

Chemstar WATER Products

Chemstar WATER offers products such as Boiler Water Treatment Chemicals, Closed Loop Chemicals, Cooling Water Chemicals, and Miscellaneous Chemicals. Reach out to our staff to learn more and get pricing options.

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