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Spring Cleaning? Don’t Forget About Cooling Towers!

Posted on April 11, 2013
by Wendy Stackhouse
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After spending last week Reth!inking Facility Management with the IFMA, we came across an interesting article in Smarter Facility Management and thought it would be a good time to jump on the bandwagon for cooling tower maintenance.

When you are switching over from heating to cooling (sometimes all on the same day, at least here in SoCal!), you need to make sure you have done some commonsense maintenance to prevent the spread of bacteria and other contaminants that can cause:

Here are a few things you should think about before turning that air conditioning on:

  • Did you drain the cooling tower for the winter? How about the piping and heat exchangers? If not, there is probably Legionella bacteria in there, since it is pretty much everywhere. It needs to be decontaminated and dry before you start it up or that bacteria will be circulated throughout your system, ready to make someone sick.
  • Even if you drained it, is it dry now? An inspection of your whole system is definitely in order on a regular schedule.
  • If you are using a submersible UV lamp to keep the water in your system contaminant-free, Smarter Facility Management recommends that you change the bulb every 12 months, as “they lose output over time.” It is important that it be working at an optimum level.

Water testing alone is not enough and no facility can afford to take a chance that potentially deadly Legionnaires’ Disease can break out because of lack of maintenance. The risks are just too great. AirTek offers services in Commercial Duct Cleaning and cooling tower maintenance that will put your mind at ease about your cooling system before any problems crop up. Contact AirTek for more information!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group.  We welcome your comments!  For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!  For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental  on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!

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