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Is your Central Heating system free from Sludge?

It is common to find this ammount of sludge in over 10 years old heating systems!


We offer the follwing services:

  • Powerflush in Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Powerflush in North Shields
  • Powerflush in South Shields
  • Powerflush in Gateshead
  • Powerflush in Washington
  • Powerflush in Durham
  • Powerflush in Sunderland
  • Powerflush domestic and Commercial Heating systems
  • Radiator balancing

What is Sludge?


Sludge or Magnetite in scientific language is a for or rust created by an interaction of the iron in our radiator and oxygen dissolved in the water of our central Heating system


Sludge is responsible for a list of boiler faults from jamming vales, breaking seals up to blocking heat exchangers, sensors and pumps. Sludge damage is NOT covered by any standard boiler warranty, so it is essential for the boiler owner to take steps to remove it from their system prevent it developing


Sludge is also reducing the boiler and radiator efficiency. Sludge doesn't conduct heat very well and as it builds up over the inner surface of the heat exchanger and radiators, it blocks some of the heat from getting through; the radiators don't get very hot so the boiler needs to work longer to heat up the room. That costs you more gas 


There are a number of ways to remove sludge from central heating systems:

  • Mains Flush - Flushing the system with mains water. This method is a” budget flushing" it can get rid of large proportion of sludge from each and every radiator in a fairly short time


  • Powerflush - Flushing the system thoroughly using specialised equipment. This method bring ultimate results as each radiator is safely being treated with hot water and chemicals pumped back and forth to remove sludge hidden in the centre folds of the radiator too. It is a time consuming procedure, better results are cost effective.


Sludge Preventing


There are ways of preventing the build up of sludge in heating systems. They are more known as Water Treatments and are down in two ways. Chemical Water Treatment and Magnetic Filtration


  • Chemical Water Treatment is done by adding to the water in the heating system a chemical that prevent the interaction of oxygen with iron. It is recommended to check the level of these chemical from time to time in order to insure their effectiveness. 


  • Magnetic Filtration is done by adding to the central heating pipework a seal compartment with a strong magnet inside. The magnet attracts the flakes of sludge (as can be seen above) including dissolved iron and rust and reduces the amount of free iron particles in the water. These filters need to be cleaned from time to time and it can be done by a non skilled person too.



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