Clogged Atomized Misting Nozzle Solutions and Maintenance

Clogged atomized misting nozzle solution and maintenance
Clogged atomized misting nozzle solution and maintenance

DustBoss equipment provides effective dust control using fine, atomized mist to capture dust and drop it to the ground. To create this effective dust, water goes through nozzle orifices and uniquely engineered inner geometry. The atomizing nozzles must be given proper care to avoid being clogged by fine debris particles at the orifices and inner geometry. Two types of care should be acted upon to ensure the best performance out of the misting nozzles.

  1. Solutions (installations)
  2. Maintenance (on-going)

Solutions for DustBoss atomizing nozzles are easy implementations before using the equipment. They help prevent debris from entering the unit through the chosen water source and can allow for quick maintenance with no downtime.

On-going maintenance for DustBoss atomizing nozzles has multiple ways of clearing the lodged debris in the nozzle orifice and/or geometry after use.


Bag Filter

Two solutions help reduce the clogging of atomized misting nozzles and reduce downtime due to needed maintenance. Installing a bag filter for non-potable water is an essential solution to drastically reducing the occurrence of clogged nozzles. Not only does it reduce clogging, but it prevents damage done to the nozzles and booster pump on the dust control system.

Two canister sizes are available for use with 50, 400 and 600 micron-sized mesh bag filters, ideal for DustBoss dust control equipment.

Talk to a dust specialist today to determine the proper filtration size for your application and unit.

Bag filter for clogged nozzle solution

Quick Release Manifold

Installation of a quick release manifold drastically reduces downtime when atomized misting nozzles become clogged. With the ability to switch out the spray manifold in minutes, dust-related downtime can easily be avoided. The clogged nozzles are quickly removed to receive maintenance while a second, clean set of nozzles is put on to prevent unwanted downtime. With the removed manifold, the nozzles can easily have maintenance performed on them.

Quick Release Manifold


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Remove Nozzles and Use a Sonic Cleaner

Nozzles need to be removed from the spray manifold of the DustBoss dust control system to be cleaned with a sonic cleaner in this maintenance option. The misting nozzles can be removed from the spray manifold with a socket wrench and the appropriate sized socket based on nozzle type. Once removed, put the nozzles into a sonic cleaner to dislodge unwanted debris. This cleaner preserves the orifice size and geometry of atomized mist nozzles for accurate use after maintenance.

Sonic cleaner for atomized misting nozzle maintenance

Manually Remove Debris

There are two ways to safely and manually remove debris from atomizing mist nozzles after use.

  1. Remove Via Pick
  2. Remove Via Air Compressor

Via Pick

While the unit is off, use a pick to remove debris from the nozzle orifices. The exit orifice can be cleared while the nozzles are attached to the spray manifold.

Nozzle exit orifice for atomized mist

To clean the inner water admittance orifice, the nozzles need to be removed from the spray manifold. A pick is used to dislodge the water admittance orifice as well.

Water admittance orifice for nozzle water flow

A weld tip cleaning rod is recommended, but the appropriate pick may vary based on nozzle type and debris. Be careful not to damage the orifice size and inner geometry of the nozzle during maintenance.

Nozzle picks to clean clogged atomized misting nozzles

Via Air Compressor

While the unit is off, attach an air compressor to the water line on the DustBoss unit. Unlike other maintenance options, it is important to leave the nozzles and spray manifold connected to the dust control system.

Once attached, run the air compressor to blow out the lodged debris from the misting nozzles. If the debris does not dislodge, use a pick to remove the remaining material.

Air compressor to provide atomized misting nozzle maintenance


Nozzles that could not be cleared or have seen permanent damage will need a replacement for optimal dust control. The nozzles come into contact with a minimum of water, and over long periods of time, the structure of the nozzles can break down. With this slow wear, eventually, nozzles will need to be replaced.

Inspect the atomizing nozzles quarterly to determine the need of maintenance or replacement. With proper preventative and corrective care implemented, maintenance and replacement of nozzles should become sparse.


Contact BossTek to speak with a dust control specialist and find the right nozzles for you.