When the words ‘powerflush’ first entered my ears I literally had no idea what the hell it meant, so I imagine I’m not the only home-owner to be alien to the term. But, after a bit of self-research and some conversations with the professionals, I can report this service is one that brings so many benefits to your heating system – a system we rely on monumentally during the winter (to be honest, most the year because when do we ever get a summer in England?)
Lets start with the basics then…
A Powerflush is a cleansing process for your central heating system. Over time, a yucky mud-like substance forms in heating systems from rust and dirt and this yucky sludge stuff can cause blockages and corrosion which, to no surprise, leads to inefficiency and/or breakdown of the system.
At Glow, we use our Norstrom cleansing unit that uses a pump to circulate chemicals through your central heating system (that’s the pipes, boiler and radiators). The chemicals remove sludge and rust and descale any limescale or corrosion.
Did you know? The Proflush system we use is regarded as one of THE B E S T power flushing machines available!
All in all, the whole process can last more than a day. It all depends on the number of radiators you have, the age of the system and the severity of the systems condition.
Prevention is better than cure
If a system is treated with inhibitor and if you follow well-known advise by carrying out regular servicing and maintenance, then a preventative Powerflush should only be necessary every 15-20 years and it’ll clear any debris and prevent significant blockages from forming.
This imagine shows the two powerful magnets we use to extract the sludge from central heating systems.
But what if your system is feeling under the weather?
Experiencing any of these symptoms? It probably means your central heating system is feeling a little poorly and its time to consider a Powerflush!
- Cold spots on radiators, some radiators struggling to heat up, radiators cold but pipes are hot & small leaks on radiators
- Heating is slow to warm up
- Excessive noise from your central heating system
- No water escaping or discoloured water when bleeding the radiators
Not only will a Powerflush help relieve your systems symptoms, it will help extend the lifespan of your system and improve its efficiency.
The dreaded bit, the costings
Like most things in life, nothing is free unless you DIY. Unfortunately, to put it simply, you can’t really perform a Powerflush yourself as its a risky, complicated and potentially very messy job so it is best to leave it in the hands of a professional.
Lots of factors will influence the cost of this service such as the size, the complexity of the system and any incidental faults that may crop up, but a Glow Powerflush, for between 6-10 radiators, starts from just £490.
If you have a Glow Powerflush and join a GlowPlus Home cover plan, we’ll guarantee your water quality system for life, provided the system is not microbore or barriered pipework (I won’t go into detail about this right now, maybe next time) orrr you move home of course!
Please be mindful a Powerflush will never fix a broken part. Once the blockage has caused a part to break, there is no going back. But don’t worry, if this happens to be the case, our engineers will have a chat with you about your options moving forward. They always endeavour to be as up-front with you about costings at the earliest opportunity!
Well, that’s a wrap on Powerflushing. I hope you’ve found this post somewhat useful!
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