For many people who have not heard the term ‘powerflushing’ before, they might alone know what the benefits are to a central heating system. Here is Powerflushing Explained – A quick guide so you never get stuck.
To put it simply, powerflushing is a procedure that is carried out in your home using a specialist pump. This procedure is carried out to resolve problems with the central heating or when a new boiler is installed.
- It will cure flow and circulation problems in a central heating system.
- It restores the system efficiency which will ultimately mean that the boiler doesn’t have to work so hard to pump water around the central heating system. (Ultimately saving you money)
- It will help radiators to heat up evenly, preventing you getting cold patches at the top of the radiator.
- It will clean the whole central heating system including underfloor pipework.
- It will cure or prevents boiler noise and minimises the boiler warranty problems.
How is powerflushing carried out?
The powerflushing pump is connected to the system across the flow and returns the pipework. All debris and corrosion is then dislodged by the flow generated by the pump. The dislodged material is then flushed through the pump’s drain. At the same time, the pump is also filling the system with fresh water, from the cold water’s main. The last thing is then the inhibitor is added to ensure that the system continues to stay clean. How successful is power flushing? It all depends on the level of heating system corrosion that has occurred beforehand, as it can cure most circulation problems but cannot undo corrosion and gradual decay.
When hiring a plumber, they should be able to solve these problems and may recommend a power flush for the heating system.
The primary aim of power flushing the central heating is to remove all the sludge (iron oxide) which results in the radiators not heating up properly and generally blocks all the pipe work connecting the boiler to the radiators.