For 30 years, I spent my life as an industrial water treatment chemist or consultant. Specialty chemicals are used in industry to treat boiler water, cooling water, wastewater and potable water. I’d make clean water from dirty water.
In a boiler you have to keep the water clean so it doesn’t leave scale deposits, cut the heat transfer and therefore blow up the boiler. You don’t want to do that, because some of these boilers are as big as a building and have pressure over 1,000 pounds per square inch. That would create a really loud bang. At the same time of controlling deposits, you have to prevent the boiler water from corroding the pipes. You have to accomplish two things at once.
Treating cooling water is much the same. Prevent scale buildup and at the same time prevent corrosion. This is oftentimes quite a bit more challenging because industry takes in the nastiest water, usually untreated or raw water, and uses it for cooling. In boilers they treat the incoming water to ultrapure standards. In cooling water they don’t. Then of course, after the water does it’s job of cooling, it must be cleaned up to standards that exceed the quality of the incoming water. Yes, the clean air and clean water acts of the 1970’s worked.
My time was spent in new business development including application engineering, consulting, design, installation, management, construction, start-up, operations, training, optimization, maintenance and trouble shooting a variety of water treatment application systems. Industries served: Petroleum, chemical, mining and mineral processing, power generation both fossil fuel and nuclear, pulp and paper, food processing, plastic, rubber, glass, pharmaceutical, steel, metal processing including electro-plating, military, hospital and universities. There are probably more, I just can’t remember.
I really liked my career because I had a chance to learn about so many different kinds of industry and so many different kinds of applications: Mine land reclamation, transient and residual dust control, freeze conditioning, macro fouling (Asian clams; Corbicula fluminea, and Zebra mussels; Dreissena polymorpha), microbiologically-induced corrosion (MIC), legionella control (Yes the gram negative bacterium that cause legionellosis or Legionnaires’ disease), fireside additives to control slag problems in rotary kilns, solid liquid separation applications of many varieties, are just a few in addition to the standard boiler, cooling, wastewater and potable water applications.
So when I recently got a call from a large industrial customer, asking if we could make a better leak detection formula, of course I said: “Yes!” The standard leak detection formulae currently available on the market today are all good products. Our challenge was to make one even better.
Our new product is called EBI – LDF, which stands for Extreme Bubbles, Inc. – Leak Detection Fluid. Our ready to use leak detection fluid is better in two ways. First, when using a liquid for detecting leaks, you apply the product evenly over the suspect area, joint, or flange. If there is a leak, obviously a bubble, or bubbles will form. The EBI – LDF bubbles last longer! This makes the job of detecting the leaks easier and more reliable.
Second, the EBI – LDF is a more viscous solution. Therefore when you use our product where there are large gaps, say near a large flange, the liquid slides smoothly and evenly over the entire area. It clings to the surfaces much better and once again provides a more reliable and accurate read for detecting leaks, even in the most difficult places.
If you or your company are interested in learning more about Extreme Bubbles, Inc. Leak Detection Fluid, go to our “Contact Us” page, and from the dropdown menu choose “Business Relations”.
Update to original post:
1) The ready to use leak detection fluid product mention above, is currently available in 55 gallon drum quantities only. Use the “Contact Us” page for pricing and availability.
2) Here is the updated general landing page for our Gas Leak Detection Fluid products. Our Heavy-Duty Leak Detection Fluid is a concentrated product, available in 16 fluid ounce bottles. Use tap water or purified water to dilute. Recommended dilution is 7:1, so each bottle makes one gallon. Save money, why pay to ship water?
Heavy-Duty Leak Detection Fluid™ Concentrate (HD-LDF-C), previously known as Extreme Bubbles, Inc. – Leak Detection Fluid, has become so successful we created a new website: LeakDetectionFluid.com.