A self-cleaning strainer (or self-cleaning filter) is a type of water filter which utilizes system pressure to clean itself. Forsta self-cleaning strainers will remove unwanted particles from a water source in the 5-4,000 micron range and at flow rates ranging from 10gpm up to many thousands of gpm in large applications. Self-cleaning strainers save users money on water, energy, maintenance and equipment replacement. They are often referred to as automatic self-cleaning strainers because unlike many systems, the technology requires no routine maintenance. For example, an automatic self-cleaning strainer, will not require constant change outs and system shutdowns like a bag or cartridge filter. Click here to compare self-cleaning strainers to other filter technologies including sand filters and separators. In a self-cleaning strainer, basic bi-annual or annual inspection (depending on particle load) replaces the need for daily, weekly or monthly shutdowns.
Forsta self-cleaning strainers are used to protect pipes and a wide range of downstream equipment. Without adequate filtration, pipes acquire scale buildup causing an increase in the energy required to pump system water.
As pipe orifices become smaller, more energy is required to pump the same volume of water. Effects of pumping dirty water through a piping system include excessive scale buildup, contaminant settling, and clogged/fouled equipment which all contribute to poor pump performance. Implementing a Forsta self-cleaning water strainer prevents these consequences and saves energy.