Social Housing heating systems
What actually happens inside a heating system. Why are they at risk at all?
It’s basic chemistry – when water comes into contact with metals, rust happens.
That creates an environment in which components break down: pumps, radiators, heat exchangers. Some fail in a matter of months.
So how do you prevent it?
By ensuring good water quality.
To prolong component life and ensure best practice water treatment, we have the Sentinel System of Clean, Protect, Maintain.
You clean the system to prepare it for greater performance. You make sure that the system is free from debris, grease; things which could cause problems further down the line. You protect the system with inhibitor to prolong its life and efficiency. A chemical inhibitor will stabilise the water environment to minimise corrosion inside that heating system. You maintain.
Will this will work indefinitely?
A study conducted with a council in the South West of England showed that 28% of systems in social housing have had their inhibitor removed after just 12 months, exposing them to the risks of poor water quality. It can be decorators or fitters – third parties to the heating team – who remove a radiator, not understanding the consequences. There may be a slow leak which is causing continual top ups. This all affects the protection level of that system.
In less than a year. Almost a third of systems are no longer protected.
You maintain that protection by doing a SystemCheck at each annual service to show you if that system falls into that 28%, or if inhibitor levels are adequate.