We’ve all heard the term before: condensate return. Many have heard this term but aren’t exactly sure what it is. Well, for starters, condensate return is the condensation that is created by a generator or turbine and then returned to another area of the machinery. This condensation is moved by a condensate return pump. It is also widely known that the condensate should be treated when it is being returned. This is done for various reasons, which we will explain in today’s post.

Prevent Corrosion

The worst thing that can happen to your boiler is for it to develop corrosion. Corrosion can be prevented by treating the condensate return. The condensation must be treated at the highest purity level in order to avoid corrosion from developing. Different boiler setups will call for different levels of treatment, but even when not vital the condensation should still be treated in an effort to prevent corrosion.

Prevent Scale Formation

Scale formation is another problem that can develop in your boiler if the condensation is not treated properly. Depending on the setup of your boiler, and the condensate return pump, you might not have to treat the condensation at high levels. It is all based on the setup and how much condensation is moving through the return pump. Scale formation can cause irreparable damage to your boiler.

Condensate Treatment Options

There are quite a few different options out there for treatment of condensate. The method you choose is based on the type of boiler you have and how much condensate you need to treat. A popular method is the use of a metal screen filter. This filter is installed to catch tiny particles that enter into the system that if left to travel can cause damage. Another treatment option is the use of multimedia filtration, which uses different grades of sand to filter impurities out of the condensation.