WHAT ABOUT ZINCS AND ALUMINUM ANODES?
Barnacle Buster will dissolve small quantities of zincs or other sacrificial anodes. Many times small section of anodes will flake off and clog water passages. Barnacle Buster will dissolve these ‘flakes’ while also removing all of the marine growth. It is recommended that you temporarily remove your sacrificial anodes while flushing with Barnacle Buster.
HOW CAN I CIRCULATE YOUR PRODUCT WITHOUT RUNNING THE MOTOR. THE THERMOSTAT WOULD KEEP WATER FROM CIRCULATING IN THE ENGINE BLOCK?
As you pointed out, the thermostat would prevent the solution from reaching the engine block, so the only efficient way to flush these is to remove the thermostat and use a flushing system to recirculate the solution. The solution should be injected at the lowest end and return from the highest end of the system, and at the end of the flush we recommend back flushing the system to help remove any loose debris.
I CANNOT RECIRCULATE, HOW LONG SHOULD I LEAVE BARNACLE BUSTER SOAKING IN MY SYSTEM?
If you are not able to recirculate, you may soak your system. We recommend soaking between 6-12 hours, depending on the amount of scale.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I USE BARNACLE BUSTER?
We recommend flushing your systems twice a year as preventative maintenance. However, in warmer climates, you may want to consider flushing more often.
DOES BARNACLE BUSTER HAVE A SHELF LIFE?
Barnacle Buster does not have a shelf life. The product will remain active until it has been thoroughly used. Each gallon of ready to use solution will absorb 1.5 pounds of marine growth. Once that amount has been taken in, the product is no longer active and should be discarded. While we understand that it is sometimes difficult to see how much has been absorbed, you may drop a sea shell (calcium based object) in the solution. An active solution will dissolve the shell within 20 minutes.
CAN I FLUSH MORE THAN ONE SYSTEM AT A TIME?
Yes, you can, that’s what’s great about TRAC! By pumping two systems together in a series you can easily flush both systems concurrently, saving you a lot of time.
HOW DO I REMOVE THE PRODUCT ONCE THE CLEANING IS DONE?
In most cases you can simply turn the equipment on and let it flush itself out. Although all of our products are safe to dispose of through your sewer system, you should check your local laws on disposal.
HOW CAN I TELL IF MY PRODUCT IS STILL ACTIVE?
If you do not have access to a pH meter, try dropping a small seashell in the solution. The shell should completely dissolve itself within a 20 minutes time period. You may purchase pH strips from Trac. Our test strips measure 0.0 - 6.0. The correct pH for Barnacle Buster is between 1.0 - 1.25 click here to order http://trac-online.com/product/ph-strips
HOW CAN I MAKE SURE THAT THE CLEANING HAS COMPLETED?
The best method is by measuring the pH level. The pH will rise during the application as deposits are dissolved. Once the pH has leveled off, or maintains at a set level for about 1 hour, the solution is no longer dissolving any material and has completed the cleaning. If a pH meter is not available, a visual inspection of the product will work but it is not 100% reliable. Once the foaming reduces, the application should be complete.
WHEN USING THE CONCENTRATE, CAN I DILUTE IT MORE THAN IT IS RECOMMENDED?
You can, but you will not obtain the desired results with a diluted solution.
WHAT ABOUT CARPETS AND WOOD?
The product will react in the same manner as water would on carpets and wood.
DO I NEED TO BE CAREFUL WHEN HANDLING YOUR PRODUCTS?
These products by nature will etch most metals. In other words ANY polished aluminum, marble, or tile will lose its shine. Covering your work area and removing deck plates is recommended. As far as any immediate danger to the applier of our products, TRAC solutions are safe, non-toxic, biodegradable, non-corrosive, and non-hazardous.
DO I NEED TO RINSE AFTER THE APPLICATION?
In most cases, yes. Usually this entails starting the engine, or turning on the air conditioning.
FOR DRINKING, BLACK, and GRAY WATER SYSTEMS: a good flush is required because you do not want to leave the chemical in the system for an extended amount of time.
WHAT ABOUT THE METALS IN MY SYSTEM?
If used as directed, our solutions will not harm metal. Galvanized metal, zinc, tin and some aluminum oxides should be closely monitored when using TRAC solutions.
The aluminum designed for uses in a water system, which most marine equipment is, is normally compatible with Trac Products. NOTE: ZINC ANODES WILL NEED TO BE REMOVED PRIOR TO OR REPLACED AFTER COMPLETION OF CLEANING.
WILL TRAC’S SOLUTIONS ATTACK MY GASKETS, SEALS, OR PLASTICS?
NO! All of our solutions are specifically formulated for these types of applications. These materials can actually stay in full contact with the products for several weeks without being corrupted.
CAN I ATTACH A HOSE THROUGH THE ZINC HOLE?
Yes. When using this type of setup, be sure to cap the supply to the exhaust.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PREPARE MY SYSTEM BEFORE USING BARNACLE BUSTER?
It is suggested that you run a fresh water flush first. While this is not necessary for the flushing process, checking for leaks prior will prevent unnecessary loss of product.
DO I NEED TO REMOVE SALT WATER FROM MY ENGINE BEFORE USING BARNACLE BUSTER?
It is not necessary to run a separate process to remove the salt water. We recommend using a TRAC flushing unit to re-circulate the product. As the product is pumped in, the existing water will be forced through the system. It is okay to have some sea water mixed with Barnacle Buster.