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We've all had moments in life when we have said, "I wish I had known that before I had spent so much.."

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"A simple way of finding out whether you have corrosion in your hydronic (water-based) central heating system is by draining out about 1 litre of water from the radiator or boiler. If the water is an orange colour then air is getting into the system causing rusting. If the water is black in colour then there is electrolytic action taking place between dissimilar metals which means the less noble metal is being corroded, e.g, copper corroding steel.

However, even with clear looking water corrosion may be occurring. To check this compare the sample water with some tap/Faucet water. Get two sealable glass jars and in each jar place 2 steel nails. Put the central heating water in one and the tap/faucet water in the other. In a couple of days the steel nails in the tap/faucet water should rust, if the nails in the central heating system's water remain bright without signs of rust then the water has enough corrosion inhibitor in it, if not then the system will have to be drained, flushed and refilled with water and a suitable corrosion inhibitor."

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