Cooling towers are an essential component of any residential or commercial building. These specialized units work by bringing air to evaporate water together to reduce the temperature of the residual water. While cooling towers are highly efficient at rejecting heat-producing cooling water, they are not maintenance-free. Over time, airborne dirt, nutrients and debris may collect within different components of the cooling tower. If these contaminants are not removed through cooling tower cleaning, corrosion and blockages can develop that may impair operating efficiency.
At Tower Water, we offer professional cooling tower cleaning services to building and business owners throughout Northern and Central New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metro area.
Why Cooling Towers And Their Equipment Require Cleaning
Ideally, you should have your cooling tower cleaned at least twice per year. Operating a clean cooling tower will directly impact energy efficiency which can result in savings over time. In addition, cooling tower cleaning can prolong the life of your cooling tower equipment and control the presence of dangerous pathogens like legionella.
During the winter months, algae and bacteria can become dormant in your cooling tower. Once warm weather arrives and circulation resumes, this algae and bacteria receive the ideal environment for incubation. Corrosion can also develop if the equipment is left filled with water and untreated. As scale and corrosion build-up and eventually start to flake off, these rust flakes can clog and overflow distribution pans leading to increased water usage, reduced cycles of concentration and shorter equipment life.
The Standard Cooling Tower Cleaning Procedure
Cooling towers pull a massive amount of energy. When they are dirty, they pull even more. By cleaning your cooling tower regularly, you can restore efficiency and help lower energy consumption and prevent legionella. Before starting the cooling tower cleaning process, it is important to power down the fans and inspect the cooling tower for problem areas that may require extra attention. Then, thorough disinfection is performed prior to cleaning.
Next, sludge is removed from the basin using specialized vacuums. These portable firehouses used to clean with high volume water, and pressure washers are used to finish the job. Lastly, post-cleaning disinfection is performed to reduce the risk of legionella.
How To Clean A Cooling Tower — Video
Why Choose Tower Water?
In New York City and the surrounding areas, cooling tower water treatment is closely regulated. Local laws mandate the strict treatment and maintenance of cooling towers to prevent the spread of potentially-fatal pathogens. Regular cleaning and maintenance not only helps minimize the threat of a legionella outbreak but can also keep your equipment free of harmful scaling, corrosion and fouling.
Cooling tower cleaning requires specialized skills and knowledge of the equipment at hand. At Tower Water, we offer professional cleaning services performed by our specially trained team of water treatment experts. Tower Water has served the local area for nearly three decades and has the experience needed to get the job done right. For more information or to schedule cooling tower cleaning, contact us today by calling 212.518.6475 or schedule a consultation online today.