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Raw water cooling systems are the gold standard for boats, adding to the resale value and allowing your boat to work well on the water. But, as with most good things, there is a downside. Heat exchangers and cooling systems need regular maintenance to keep calcium, rust, lime and other minerals from building up and clogging water pipes, thus reducing effectiveness. Barnacles and zebra mussels can also add to line clogs and create problems.

Barnacle Buster is highly recommended by boat mechanics and marinas for heat exchanger cleaning/descaling. The descaling aspect of any water based system should never be overlooked, as the minerals in the water build up quickly. The need for a heat exchanger cleaning becomes apparent when you regularly monitor the temperature of your boat’s engine. Even a 5- to 10-degree increase can alert you to a problem within the cooling system.  A proper heat exchanger flush with Barnacle Buster is the best way to keep your boat running smoothly for years to come.

Biodegradable and non-toxic, Barnacle Buster is specifically formulated to not harm metal materials or attack gaskets, seals or plastics. If you look up articles on how to descale a heat exchanger, you will find many recommend the removal of many parts before a cleaning. When you use Barnacle Buster, this is never necessary.

After running Barnacle Buster through your heat exchange system, or allowing it to rest if the product can not be circulated, measure the pH level of water exiting the system to ensure that all deposits are dissolved. From here, simply turn on your equipment and allow the system to flush out.

A heat exchanger flush should be performed yearly at minimum to keep scaling and marine growth at bay. More frequent heat exchanger cleaning may be necessary if you live and boat in a warmer climate. Remember, that regular maintenance is always cheaper than repair. Learn more about Barnacle Buster by visiting our website, or buy online.

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