Social housing providers are under scrutiny again for lack of attention in providing heating to residents, leading to more frequent boiler repairs than necessary.
Ideally, boilers can last up to fifteen years, but some social housing providers need boiler repairs more frequently, with replacements occurring every seven to nine years. It’s a sign that there is something wrong with how the boilers are being operated and maintained, leading to more expenses throughout the years. Millions call out social housing properties for the said practice, as they believe that the problem could be solved by simple means.
Boilers rely on water to provide steam for the central heating of social housing properties. However, due to budget constraints, there are instances when the water used for the operation is not properly treated. This could lead to corrosion in some parts of the boiler or pipes, which would then require repairs or replacements. Water treatment is a much simpler solution, which, if done properly, can prevent larger expenses in the future.
This does not only negatively affect the boiler system and the expenditures of said properties. Ultimately, it affects the residents as well. A research conducted by the National Housing Federation revealed that 23% of housing residents have reported failing heating systems in their living rooms. This shouldn’t happen in any property, especially those who are supposedly under the care of the government.
Better Protection for Boiler Systems
Aside from using properly treated water for the operations, boiler systems also need inhibitor fluid to prevent corrosion. Chemical inhibitors can influence the chemistry of the water in the system, increasing the efficiency of the system and minimizing the amount of fuel used in operations. This could further curb the expenses for central heating in the properties.
Additionally, magnetic filers can help trap sludge in the system. The problem is that this sludge can block the heat exchangers, valves, and pumps, causing the system to work harder and lose its efficiency.
Budget constraints is an issue in social housing programs, but authorities should seek better procedures on operations like central heating to provide what the residents need and minimize unnecessary costs.