Minimize Problems & Expense with Proper Cooling System Start-up

Updated: Aug 20, 2020

Source: Chemtex

While a well-designed and executed ongoing water treatment program is crucial for maintaining a cooling tower in optimal condition, a system which has been offline requires special attention. Many building engineers are not aware that bringing a tower back online after winter lay-up or other long-term storage requires some additional specific procedures to avoid issues of corrosion and contamination.

Potential Problems Include:

Corrosion: When an empty cooling system is initially refilled with water, the unprotected metal throughout the system is vulnerable to immediate corrosion.

Particulate Matter: Dirt and debris may accumulate in the system during the lay-up period. This provides sites where under-deposit corrosion can occur, aggravating the situation.