Any regular maintenance program for your Baghouse should include periodic Leak Testing. This maintenance task helps to detect compromised filters, exposes bag bleed-through, damaged tubesheets, or bad seals within your system that can lead to lower efficiency.
In a standard baghouse leak test a tracer compound or powder is introduced into the system either from the dirty air plenum, or a collection point in the system. As the powder flows through the system, trace amounts are deposited in areas that have come into contact with the powder. Later on, a technician performs a visual inspection of the entire baghouse with a florescent light (i.e. black light) which causes the leak powder to glow. This enables the technician to detect any leaks in the filter bags, seals, tubesheets, or other areas within the system.
Baghouse.com provides an affordable dust collector leak detection service for those who wish to have skilled service technicians perform this vital test. You can also elect to have a regularly scheduled leak test performed as part of our regular maintenance programs.
Baghouse.com also supplies the needed compounds for performing dust collector leak testing, including Leak Detection Powders, and Fluorescent Lights (Black Lights).
Different Color Powders Available for Different Applications
Our leak detection powder comes in several different colors to facilitate its use in many different types of environments. Depending on the type of material that your Baghouse processes, it is vital that you choose the appropriate color powder:
- Pink – all industries
- Orange – all industries except those where iron oxide is present
- Green – aluminum, cement, and utility industries; good contrasting color for pink and orange
- Yellow – all industries except cement, lime, asphalt, utility, and cogeneration plants where sulfur is present in the dust
- Others are useful for plants that test multiple times per year as they allow for easy distinction between each test