Having a functioning, efficient boiler is key to keeping your business warm and at peak efficiency during winter. But when’s the last time you looked inside your boiler room? Keeping tabs on your boiler starts in the boiler room itself. Mutual Boiler Re, who conducts all the boiler inspections for our customers, stresses this room shouldn’t be an all-purpose storage area. Here are some boiler basics to follow:
With general maintenance now on your radar, there are also three areas of concerns to monitor—boiler overheating, boiler overpressure, and boiler water treatment. We’ll start with overheating.
Boiler operation needs the continuous circulation and replenishment of water. Overheating can occur when the boiler continues operating when water levels get too low. This is called dry firing.
According to Mutual Boiler Re, dry firing when water levels are low could lead to:
Have a monitoring system in place to track the water level and shut down the boiler if it drops too low.
Another hazard is overpressure. According to FM Global, a member of the FM Global Group along with Mutual Boiler Re, overpressure occurs in boilers or pressure vessels when normal devices fail to maintain heat or pressure input below the maximum allowable levels.
To help make sure this doesn't happen, have safety measures—such a safety relief valve—in place. Pressure relief devices are always directly attached to boilers. They may be either directly attached to the pressure vessels or attached to the inlet piping of the vessel.
You can do the following at your business now:
FM Global offers more information on boiler and pressure vessel overpressure.
Maintaining a boiler isn’t as simple as adding water and walking away. Treating that water, known as feedwater, helps maintain steam purity and the long-term integrity of your pressure parts. Without feedwater treatment, minerals and other compounds remain in the water, leading to corrosion, pitting, and buildup in boiler components.
Boiler water should be treated to avoid these issues. Remove suspended solids with filters and dissolved gas by deaeration. Have some sort of feedwater treatment in place and monitor it regularly. In some cases, a simple water softener does the trick.
When it comes to boiler feedwater treatment, FM Global advises you to:
Learn more about boiler feedwater treatment.
Does your staff operate the boiler at your business? According to Mutual Boiler Re, operator error is the top cause of boiler accidents that lead to property loss. To reduce the risk:
Remember, Hortica covers boiler inspection costs and associated fees. In addition, boiler and pressure vessel certificate fees are covered in the following jurisdictions:
Contact your agent about this, or if you have any questions about boiler safety. We’re ready to help you reduce your risks in the workplace.
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