High pressure water blasting, also known as water jetting, is a process that uses a very high pressure pump to blast water through a nozzle and onto a working surface. Used in many processes from hydrodemolition of concrete to paint removal, one of its most useful applications is in industrial cleaning.
When used in this way a high pressure water blaster fires clear water onto the surface being cleaned. Dirt, lacquers, sediments and other impurities are dissolved on impact with the water and washed away. No chemical cleaners or solvents are required as the high pressure water is able to break the chemical bonds of dirt without chemical assistance.
The entire process is environmentally friendly and sustainable since the water used is collected and filtered. Somewhat paradoxically using a high pressure blaster for cleaning uses less water, upwards of 80% less, than traditional cleaning methods that would require soaking, dissolving and washing away of dirt. The process is fast and effective.
The operator doing the cleaning is even able to access hard to reach places that are dangerous and risky by traditional cleaning methods.
If all of these benefits aren’t enough then it bears mentioning that high pressure blasting for cleaning is also more cost effective than traditional cleaning methods! This is mainly due to the shorter cleaning time when using a high pressure blaster and the savings from not having to buy harsh chemical cleaners.
Industrial Tank Cleaning
Using a high pressure water blaster is the most economical and efficient way to clean industrial storage tanks and reactor tanks. This is particularly true when cleaning tanks in hazardous environments or that contain dangerous/reactive materials.
High pressure water blasting for cleaning tanks of this nature ensures minimal disruption of production processes and allows your business to keep humming along.
The cleaning process isn’t hampered by the position of the tank opening, whether vertical, horizontal or upside down, high pressure water blasting gets the job done. In addition, the process is much safer than traditional cleaning methods since workers don’t need to enter the tanks and clean them manually.
No personal protective equipment or respiratory protection required either.
Industrial Pipe Cleaning
The unhindered, free flowing operation of pipes, the lifeblood of factories and facilities in every sector and all over the world is of paramount importance. Any interruption or blockage leads to a decrease in productivity, at the very least, or a catastrophic failure in extreme circumstances.
For this reason, cleaning pipes regularly and ensuring their optimal operation is a sound investment. In many industries regular inspections are required by law. Using high pressure water blasting to clean pipes is a smart, efficient and economical way to keep your pipes flowing.
Water blasting can be used in all types of pipes, from fluids to vacuums and everything in between, safely and effectively. Cleaning and blockage removal can even be achieved in situations where traditional mechanical tools are forbidden or in which access to the pipes is difficult.
High pressure water blasting is also safe for the integrity of the pipes themselves as the water pressure can be tuned to ensure debris is removed without damaging the pipe material. This isn’t possible with hammers or chisels.
Heat Exchanger Cleaning
Heat exchangers are important to many industrial processes and industries where they’re used to regulate the temperature of processes. In most sectors heat exchangers are overwhelmingly used for cooling and maintaining the integrity of the heat exchangers is important to ensure optimal performance.
An unfortunate byproduct of the thermal exchange process is deposit buildup which reduces efficiency and can even block heat exchange. High pressure water cleaning is a safe way to clean heat exchanger apparatus without risk of damaging the fragile parts.
As in many applications of high pressure water blasting, it’s possible to clean the heat exchanger even when located in cramped or inaccessible areas. High pressure water blasting is able to remove all sorts of hardened compounds such as minerals, oil deposits, chemical residues and carbonates.
It can also be used on all types of materials and surfaces without worrying about damaging coatings and protective layers. High pressure water blasting to clean heat exchangers is also a more efficient way to clean large surface area heat exchangers (or those in complicated orientations that traditional cleaning methods struggle to clean).
Rotary Kiln Cleaning
During the process for cement production, deposits are formed on the rotary kilns that reduces the burning efficiency of the process and ultimately means costly reduction in performance. As this stage in the manufacture of cement is also the main energy consuming and polluting stage any improvement in efficiency is a good thing for greenhouse gas reduction.
Aquachem, the representative for WOMA’s high pressure water blasting technology in Canada, is an expert in producing rapid results. The process involves pushing a long water lance into the kiln and using ultra high pressure water blasting to obliterate baked on deposits from the fireclay.
No matter how hard the deposit or how long it’s baked into the sides of the kiln the water blasting process will remove it effectively.
Industrial Metal Cleaning
Corrosion on exposed metal surfaces is a very real problem in the industrial setting. Contrary to popular belief corrosion can occur after repeated exposure to many substances if enough time is allowed to elapse. Water’s not the only culprit.
We can usually see the corrosion as a significant change in appearance on the surface of the metal. This can be a very costly problem if not dealt with promptly and many companies have lost efficiency of process through pipes, storage tanks, heat exchangers, etc because of a lax approach to metal cleaning. There is a solution though.
High pressure water blasting is the ideal solution to remove corrosion from metal surfaces, both internal and external, and it’s very easy and cost effective as well. The process involves blasting the corroded surface with a precise pressure of water that removes the corrosion without damaging the “good” metal underneath.
This is in contrast to the traditional method of removing corrosion and rust of “shot blasting” which often leads to a recurrence and return of corrosion in the future.
General Parts & Surface Cleaning
In the industrial and construction settings keeping machines, materials and containers clean is of the utmost importance to ensure continuous and safe operation. Using ultra high pressure water in these instances provides an ideal solution.
High pressure water blasting is safe for use on a variety of surfaces and materials. It’s also a very efficient process and environmentally sound as only pure water is used and impurities removed in the cleaning process can be filtered out and disposed of. Water blasting effortlessly removes paint, deposits, minerals, rust, burnt in materials, water-insoluble substances and grime.
It even works on uneven surfaces that make cleaning by traditional methods very difficult and tedious. In addition, high pressure water cleaning is safe and significantly less physically demanding than traditional cleaning methods.
High pressure water cleaning is also safe for use in explosion proof applications according to ATEX guidelines since water blasting doesn’t generate dangerous sparks during operation.