Pressurizing the heating and water supply system

That the heating system did not fail at the most intense moment, the heating season passed without problems, it is necessary to periodically check the condition of the equipment, identify all worn parts. This check is called "crimping the heating system", it is carried out according to certain rules. 

What is the crimping system of heating and water supply

Heating and water supply are two systems, consisting of a large number of very diverse equipment. As you know, the performance of any multicomponent system is determined by the weakest element - when it fails it stops completely or partially. To identify all the weak points and carried out pressure testing of heating and water supply. In simple terms, pressure is raised especially far above the worker, pumping fluid. They do this with the help of special equipment, control the pressure with a manometer. The second name for crimping is hydraulic testing. Probably, it is understandable why.

The crimping of the heating system takes place after any repair or before the heating season

Pressurized heating is carried out after any repair or before the heating season

When the heating system is pressurized, the pressure is raised by 25-80%, depending on the type of pipes, radiators, other equipment. It is clear that such a test reveals all the weak points - everything that does not have a safety margin, breaks, leaks appear in worn-out pipes and unreliable connections. Having eliminated all the identified problems, we ensure the efficiency of our heating or water supply for a while.

If it is a question of centralized heating, the crimping is usually carried out immediately after the end of the season. In this case, there is a decent amount of time for repair. But this is not the only time when such events are held. Pressurization still takes place after repair, replacement of any element. In principle, it's understandable - we need to check how reliable the new equipment and connections are. For example, you welded heating pipes from polypropylene pipes. We need to check how well the connections turned out. This can be done with the help of crimping.

If we talk about autonomous systems in private houses or apartments, then a new or renovated water supply is usually checked simply by running water, although here the test for strength does not interfere. And here it is desirable to test the heating "to the fullest", both before commissioning and after repair. Keep in mind that those pipelines that are hiding in the walls, in the floor or under the suspended ceiling, must be tested before they are closed. Otherwise, if it turns out that there are leaks in the tests, you will have to disassemble / break and solve the problems. Few people will rejoice.

Equipment and frequency of tests

Crimping of centralized systems is carried out by personnel using regular means, therefore it is hardly worth talking about. But about what private heating and water supply experience, certainly not everyone knows. These are special pumps. There are two types - manual and electric (automatic). Manual pressure pumps are autonomous, the pressure is injected by means of a lever, and the pressure created is monitored by means of a built-in pressure gauge. Such pumps can be used for small systems - it's quite difficult to pump.

Manual pressure testing machine

Manual pressure testing machine

Electric pumps for crimping are more complex and expensive equipment. They usually have the opportunity to create a certain pressure. It is set by the operator, and it is automatically "caught up". Such equipment is bought by companies engaged in crimping professionally.

According to SNIP, hydraulic testing of heating systems should be carried out annually, before the start of the heating season. This applies to private homes, too, but this norm is few people perform. Check in the best case, every 5-7 years. If you are not going to test your heating annually, then it makes no sense to buy a testing device. The cheapest manual costs about $ 150, and a good one - from $ 250. In principle, you can take it for hire (usually there are companies selling components for heating systems or in offices for renting a stoyinventory). The amount will be small - you need the device for several hours. So this is a good way out.

Call specialists or do it yourself

If you need an act of pressing the heating system or hot water supply for some purposes, you have only one option - to order this service in a specialized organization. The cost of crimping heating can only be sounded to you individually. It depends on the volume of the system, its structure, the availability of stopcocks and their condition. In general, consider the cost based on the tariff for 1 hour of work, and it ranges from 1000 rubles / hour to 2500 rubles / hour. I'll have to call various organizations and cope with them.

Firms engaged in hydraulic system checks have more serious equipment

Firms engaged in hydraulic system checks have more serious equipment

If you modernized the heating or hot water supply of your own house, and you know for sure that the pipes and equipment are in your normal state, there are no salts and sediments in them, you can conduct the crimping yourself. Nobody will demand that you do not conduct hydraulic testing. Even if you saw that the pipes and radiators are clogged, you can wash everything yourself, and then again test it. If you just do not want to do this, you can call specialists. They immediately clean the system and conduct its crimping, and even give you an act.

The hydrostatic test of the system (crimping)

The hydrostatic test of the system (crimping)

Crimping process

Pressurization of private house heating systems begins with a cut-off from the boiler system, automatic air vent and expansion tank. If the equipment is operated with shut-off valves, you can close them, but if the faucets turn out to be faulty, the expansion tank will definitely fail, and the boiler - depending on the pressure that is applied to it. Therefore, the expansion tank should be removed, especially since it is not difficult to do this, but in the case of a boiler it will be necessary to put on the serviceability of the cranes. If the radiators are thermoregulators, they are also desirable to remove - they are not designed for high pressure.

Sometimes not all heating is tested, but only some part. If possible, it is cut off with the help of a stop valve or temporary jumper is installed - drifts.

There are two important points: crimping can be carried out at an air temperature of at least + 5 ° C, the system is filled with water with a temperature of no higher than + 45 ° C.

Then the process is as follows:

  • If the system was in operation, the coolant is drained.
  • A pressure testing device is connected to the system. From it leaves a hose, ending with a union nut. This hose is connected to the system in any suitable place, at least in the place of the removed expansion tank or instead of a drain cock.
  • Water is poured into the container of the pressure pump, it is pumped into the system by means of a pump.

    The device is connected to any available input - on the supply or return pipeline - it does not matter

    The device is connected to any available input - on the supply or return pipeline - it does not matter

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