Sludge has been around since the dawn of radiator technology. It’s made up of dirt and rust from the insides of the pipes and the radiators, and when it builds up, it affects the efficiency of your heating system, making it work harder to achieve the same room temperatures and therefore costing you more money. You also have the additional risk of it damaging the boiler. The longer you leave the build-up, the harder – and more expensive – it will be to clean the system.
Stop the sludge!
These days, there is a very efficient and cost-effective way of dealing with sludge before it becomes a problem. A magnetic boiler filter will collect the sludge in one place, making it easy to clean and dispose of the sludge, leaving your system clear of debris and able to work at optimum efficiency.
If you already have a sludge problem, then you will need to have the system flushed before you install a filter as it won’t pick up anything that has settled. However, as part of the flushing process, ask your plumber to install one as it will enable you to keep the system clean, significantly reducing the possibility of needing to flush the system in the future.
Modern boilers tend to have narrower pipes that are more prone to becoming blocked, so a magnetic boiler filter will help keep them free from debris too.
Easy to install, easy to maintain
The filter itself fits onto the pipes by your boiler and is relatively straightforward to install – if you have any plumbing experience, you may even be able to do the job yourself.
You will only need to clean it out once a year, and if this is a task you don’t fancy doing yourself, you could ask your engineer if they would do it as part of your boiler’s annual service. If you do opt to do the job, there is one thing to remember though – it is a powerful magnet, so make sure you keep it well away from electronic devices!