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Waterside boiler inspection is carried out for that purpose. If you are person who enters boiler manhole to make inspection, make sure that all your pockets are empty, and that nothing can fall off. This is a good reason for this. Any object dropped into waterside can interfere with heat transfer process, and can also cause premature failure due to vibration and rubbing effects.
What would you look for?
The presence of scale, corrosion, and distortion. All these will cause problems later on.
But before you enter boiler, please make sure that there is enough ventilation, enough oxygen for breathing, no presence of remaining steam, no chance of accidental entry of steam, and so on....
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