Cooling Tower Cleaning and associated cooling systems reduces the build up of accumulated nutrients; a primary cause of Legionella growth. Another problem is water that contains salts such as magnesium carbonate and calcium carbonate which are less soluble in hot water than they are in cold. These deposits, along with the scum that accumulates in cooling systems, can drastically reduce the efficiency, which could affect production processes and chiller operations.
Cooling towers are widely used because they are a cost effective way of cooling water in processes. Fouled cooling towers and systems have been shown to reduce efficiency by 40% to 50%. This inefficiency increases operating costs which may not be in the budget. Most companies perform a risk management process to determine the frequency of Cooling Tower Cleaning but it is generally accepted practice to clean a cooling tower twice a year. In climates where a cooling tower is taken out of service over the winter months, the tower and cooling systems should be cleaned at the end of the operational season and then again before being placed back into service in the spring. This reduces the opportunity of Legionella growth.
At Beacon Industrial Services we train our employees in the proper procedures for Cooling Tower Cleaning. It is important that all the proper PPE, correct equipment and chemicals are available to ensure that the job is completed in a professional manner. Working with the customer, each step in the Cooling Tower Cleaning is performed following the Beacon Industrial Services’ written Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). Additionally, a written Health and Safety Procedure (HASP) is issued specific to the job and site.
Above all, protecting the health and safety of our customers and employees, along with the equipment assets, is our highest priority while working on customer sites.