Cooling towers are an essential aspect of heat management for many industrial applications. From power plants to chemical manufacturing, these towers help to manage heat and internal pressures by allowing gasses and liquids to cool quickly and efficiently. However, cooling towers are precision-built, and like any industrial equipment will require regular maintenance to maintain peak performance.
There are many ways that cooling towers can lose efficiency. From industrial and environmental buildup to surface texture changes, towers must undergo periodic maintenance over time. One of the most effective methods for cleaning cooling towers is high pressure waterblasting, which as the name implies is a method of using highly pressurized water that is directed sequentially over the thermal surfaces of the tower. This method presents multiple benefits when compared to other cooling tower cleaning options:
High pressure waterblasting is thorough. Because the water jets can be accurately directed, and the pressure regulated to ensure that all debris and contaminants are removed from the thermal surfaces, waterblasting is one of the most efficient and complete ways to cool a large surface such as a cooling tower. And all of the water, and thus the debris, can be collected afterwards, meaning that there will be minimal environmental impact from the cleaning process.
High pressure waterblasting is safe. Because waterblasting does not involve harsh chemicals, nearly any surface can be cleaned using this method. The only things to consider are whether or not the surface can withstand the pressure of the water jets, and whether or not any equipment that may come into contact with the water will be adversely affected by moisture. Thus, high pressure waterblasting offers a clean and environmentally friendly method of cleaning large surfaces quickly and thoroughly.
High pressure waterblasting works in very small surface details. There are many facets to the surface geometry of certain surfaces. This can be by design, where many small holes or crevices are necessary for proper functioning of the equipment, or it can be due to erosion from weather or chemicals. Regardless of the reason, high pressure waterblasting is able to clean out nearly any contaminate from these very small and difficult to clean areas. With the combination of wide-width blasting and nearly pin-point precision, highly focused cleaning, there are few if any surfaces that can’t be properly cleaned using high pressure waterblasting.
There are many places within an industrial application where industrial and environmental contaminates can accumulate, and standard maintenance procedures will no doubt dictate that these areas are routinely cleaned. This cleaning process can be costly and time consuming using slower, less robust cleaning methods. However, with high pressure waterblasting, carried out by trained maintenance professionals, the cleaning process can be fast and pain free. With nearly limitless potential for cleaning applications, high pressure waterblasting is among the top choices for industrial cleaning across a wide variety of industries.
John Merrick is the owner and president of The Merrick Group, Inc. He has over 25 years of experience with coordinating national and international sales efforts for nuclear and fossil fuel related maintenance projects. He has successfully completed projects in over 30 nuclear and fossil fuel sites.