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What Are Signs I Need A Power Flush

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What Are Signs I Need A Power Flush

Have you asked: what are signs I need a power flush? We look at what a power flush is and how it works. If you have central heating problems, a power flush may be a cost effective fix.

Robert Cliff Ltd offer powrflushing services throughout Oakham, Stamford, Peterborough, Corby and the surounding areas. Find out if powerflushing is right for you.

When should you get a system Powerflush?

Powerflushing is necessary whenever a system becomes exceedingly contaminated. These conditions can be caused by a variety of different factors, such as the system being installed incorrectly, the system not being properly cleaned before the installation takes place and different forms of bacterial growth.

If you are thinking of having a new boiler unit installed in your home, then UK building regulations recommend that a substantial cleanse is done before the installation takes place. 

The cleansing process can vary in scope, from a simple flush through the system with clean water all the way to the intense ability of power flushing, which is needed on heavily contaminated systems. The cleaning process is needed in order to stop the new system from also becoming contaminated and held back by all the debris and sludge that was present within the old system.

Signs That You Need A Powerflush

The time and effort you put into taking care of your property's central heating system can save you massive amounts of time and money in the long term. 

Over time, types of debris and sludge can slowly collect within your heating system, which can then lead to your pipes and radiators corroding. As a consequence of this, the pipes and radiators can become blocked, which will reduce the amount of heat which is able to reach the important areas of the heating system.

What Are Signs I Need A Power Flush? Oakham, Stamford, Peterborough, Corby

The majority of the time, when debris or sludge appears in a heating system, it will soon not be able to function properly and lead to major damage to the system's pipes, pumps, valves, heat exchangers, and more. In some circumstances, an entirely new boiler will be necessary, which can cost the property owners upwards of several thousand pounds. 

This is money that does not have to be spent if you just take some time to look after your heating system and ensure it is well-maintained. A simple way to ensure that this does not happen is to have your heating system go through the process, which is known as the power flush.

Many people have never heard of power flushing, or if they have, they are not quite sure what it does or how it should be used. Power flushing is absolutely vital to have done regularly in order to stop the kinds of problems described above from occurring. 

Power flushing is a cleaning service which can be carried out on your central heating system. The process is simple to carry out and will remove almost all sludge and any corrosion which has built up and caused issues in your system.

Before you go out and find someone to carry out a power flush procedure for you, there are some important signs to look out for, which can give you a good idea of whether the process will be necessary. These checks can just be done by yourself, or you can have a professional take a look at your system for you.

Try using your radiators. Are there cold spots in the radiator when the heating is on?

Can you hear large amounts of noise coming from your heating system pump or boiler?

If you try to bleed your radiators, is the water leaking out brown or generally discoloured?

How long does it take for your radiators to get hot? Is it much longer than normal? Do they get hot at all?

Are the pipes around your home really hot, but your radiators barely warming at all?

Do you have issues with your boiler breaking down often?

If you are constantly having issues with your central heating system and you are experiencing at least a couple of the signs described above, then it may be worth your time to invest in your system being power flushed.

What is a power flush and how does it work?

What is a power flush and how does it work?

When your central heating system is full up from months worth of dust, limescale, dirt, sludge, and other debris, a power flush can be used to blast chemicals through your system at high pressure and clear all the blockages which are causing issues for your property. 

The power flush is done by using a specialised machine which should only ever be used by a trained engineer.

How much is the cost of a power flush?

On average, the whole process of having a power flush carried out takes somewhere between one to two days, and the usual cost is around the £300 and £500 mark. 

Of course, this is dependent on the size of your home, whereabouts in the country you are based, and the severity of the issue. That cost may seem steep at first, but it is absolutely worth paying for because a power flush is certain to improve the lifespan of your entire heating system and make sure that your home is being heated effectively.

What is the process of a power flush?

Without a doubt, a power flush is the most efficient way to take care of any blockages which might have found their way into your central heating system. This will allow water to flow through with no problems and heat your property effectively.

Below are all the stages that are involved when it comes to power flushing:

Firstly, a specially trained heating engineer will directly link up the necessary equipment, known as the pumping station, to your property's central heating system. 

This can be done either to the circulation pump or the pump head. 

This will be dependent on whether you are a user of a system boiler or a combination boiler. In some cases, they can connect the machine across the tails of a radiator in your property.

Next, the engineer will spend around an hour and a half flushing out the entire system with pressurised water in both directions. 

This will be done until the water runs clean. If the engineer is dealing with any specific trouble areas, then they will sometimes use a tool known as an agitator to dislodge all the debris. 

Keep in mind that this process can take longer or shorter depending on the seriousness of the situation.

In some cases, the engineer may use a blend of different chemicals in order to dislodge the sludge and debris. 

The next step is to blast more water through the pipes in order to remove any contaminated solutions from the system and have them disposed of. 

A high amount of acid within the pipes can lead to internal corrosion. In order to stop this, the professional will wash a chemical neutraliser through the system. Finally, inhibitor fluid is used to once again prevent corrosion and reduce the likelihood of sludge building up again.

Do you require Power Flushing Services? We offer services to both domestic and commercial customers Uppingham, Oakham, Stamford, Peterborough and Rutland. Our charges are highly competitive and realistic. If you are experiencing problems with your central heating - Please contact us.