Why are Cooling Tower Maintenance and Coating Repairs so Important?
Cooling towers introduce condenser water to the atmosphere so heat energy transfers to the open air through evaporation. In doing this, the water in the cooling tower is always exposed to particles in the air. This includes dirt, organic materials, bugs, bacteria, etc. These materials can accumulate in the tower water; and, if left untreated, can result in serious problems like bio-fouling, corrosion and leaks.
Additionally, operating a cooling tower that is dirty is dangerous. A fouled cooling tower is ideal for bacteria to grow, such as Legionella. Implementing the following will ensure that your cooling tower systems will operate smoothly and at peak efficiency for years to come:
- a proper water treatment chemistry program
- pre-treatment of makeup water
- system filter
- regular tower cleanings
- proper layup procedures during non-use
- application of PES-Solutions epoxy coatings
So, What End of Cooling Season Maintenance and Repairs are There?
According to OSHA Technical Manual – Section III: Chapter 7, “Cooling towers should be cleaned and disinfected at least twice a year. Normally this maintenance will be performed before initial start-up at the beginning of the cooling season and after shutdown in the fall.”
Even if your cooling tower runs year round, it requires cleaning at least twice per year to run efficiently. In addition, if you shut down your cooling system during part of the year, there are methods of “laying up” your system that you will want to follow to keep it well protected during its non-use.
What Can I Do to Protect My Cooling Tower During the Off Season?
The end of cooling season is coming up soon, so now is the ideal time to have your cooling towers professionally cleaned and chemically passivated.
In addition to cleaning your cooling tower, applying coatings to any cracks will help prevent leaks, corrosion and rusting during the off season. Even if your cooling system runs year around, we recommend still cleaning and repairing cracks as soon as possible. PES-Solutions offers cooling tower epoxy coating services to prevent these issues from occurring.
PES-Solutions Cooling Tower Epoxy Coating Services
PES is licensed by the state of Texas to do work with cooling towers. We offer services to assist in maintaining your cooling tower, and ultimately expanding the life of the tower. We offer products such as PES 501 and PES 505 to seal leaks. In addition, we can apply our Anti-slip coating PES-2500 to the interior of your cooling tower to reduce slipping risks.
Here is an example of a cooling tower epoxy coating service we recently did for a customer in which we just completed another cell in their 4 cell concrete cooling tower. In addition to applying our epoxy coatings to repair cracks, corners and 90° transitions, our team also applied our Anti-Slip PES-2500 this year.
Before PES 501, PES 570 and Anti-Slip 2500 Coatings
After PES 501 and PES 570 Coatings
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