If your factory's pipeline contains refuse from the machinery, you may have a strainer basket inside the pipes that keep them flowing properly. However, you may have started to notice certain problems that have you wondering whether the basket needs replacing. If so, look for the following three signs that you may need to buy a new one.

Extended Pipes Clog Easily

When the strainer basket is no longer working properly, you may notice that the pipes extending from it start to clog easily. This is often caused when the strainer's holes become worn, making them less efficient at capturing debris and refuse. When this happens, the debris is able to reach the pipes and build up inside of them, causing them to become clogged.

Strainer Holes Require Regular Cleaning

If you notice that the extended pipes are not clogged but the basket itself has a build-up of debris, you may find that you or your maintenance department are having to clean the holes out regularly. If they are not cleaned, back pressure could start to build up, potentially damaging the machinery from which the liquid flows.

When you take it out to clean it, look carefully at the holes. If lime deposits are building up within them, you may be able to clean them using an industrial-strength lime scale remover. If not, go on to the next section to determine if the cause is something else.

Signs Of Corrosion On The Basket

While you are examining the basket, look for signs of rust around the holes. If you see any rust, use a nail or end of a screwdriver to scrape away any excess so you can get a good view of the underlying metal.

Once you can see the metal, examine it carefully, looking for holes or signs of surface deterioration. The otherwise smooth metal may appear rough and porous. If this is the case, these areas of damage are likely catching debris and making the basket clog up. If you find this type of damage, the strainer basket will no longer function properly and will need to be replaced.

If you notice one or all of the above signs, your current strainer basket may have become worn, making it cause problems with your factory's workflow. If so, you may want to contact your manufacturing supplier for suggestions on buying a new strainer basket that will best serve your plant's needs.