A power flush is a procedure carried out with specialised equipment which can remove debris from within the pipes and radiators in your central heating system. You may not be aware but over the lifetime of your system internal contaminants can build, perhaps through rust, and these can also lead to the creation of gases within your central heating pipe work. Your system will not run at maximum efficiency with these impurities and at some point you may find it beneficial to flush the system to return it to somewhere near its original health.

The development of these contaminants is not a feature of the design of your system rather a reflection of the standard components and normal mode of operation of any central heating system.If you are replacing major components in your system you should consider a power flush to help them operate in the optimal conditions. Whilst your new heating boiler is in pristine condition it will soon have sludge and debris circulating within it as sludge and debris are agitated as the new components are fitted.

One way of delaying the development of contaminants within your system is to add a corrosion inhibitor. This may be included in the circulating water by the boiler installer when your system is first fitted. You might find that it is recommended that you top this of after a period of time.

The following are some of the problems that could be avoided with a powerflush as it removes the deposits from your central heating system and it’s pipework: –

* some radiators suffering from cold spots
* sludge build up in boilers
* deposits build up in the central heating water pump
* clogging pipework
* corrosion impacting the heating system inside
* blockages of system components
* noisy systems

As a consequence the advantages of the powerflush could be :-

* helping your heating pump to last longer as it handles clean water
* elimination of radiator colder patches allowing all the heating radiator to be used to heat the room
* improved heating system efficiency so reducing fuel costs in future years.
* reduced energy consumption with improved heat exchanger performance
* improved heating radiator heat transmission and extended lifetime
* clearing your system of contaminants which could lead to central heating system corrosion

An automated power-flush machine is used to carry out the system cleansing. The plumber will connect the machine into your central heating system and as it drives the water throughout the pipes and radiators it will flush cleansed liquid throughout helping to dislodge and extract any debris contained. As mentioned earlier corrosion inhibitor is also added to the system the end of the process to provide ongoing protection.

It is not recommended that you try to hire one of these machines and conduct the operation yourself. If you this large debris but leave it in the system, or worse still get it into your boiler, you may create more problems that you are solving.

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