Calling in the Contractors

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The Three Main Problems That Arise From A Faulty Cooling Tower

by Frank Elliott

Cooling towers are used in many different industries from nuclear power plants to your run-of-the-mill air conditioning unit. While often forgotten as a tertiary system, a cooling tower is very vital in the success of some very important machines. If a cooling tower breaks down, it can cause major issues for the whole business and, in some cases, can be quite dangerous to your health. Here are a few reasons why a cooling tower repair should never be put off. 

Legionnaires Disease

Legionnaires disease is a very serious form of pneumonia that is caused by bacteria that can grow in cooling towers. Having your cooling tower regularly serviced is extremely vital when it is used for air conditioning units because, otherwise, legionella can grow in it undetected for months. A cooling tower repair will ensure that your cooling towers are thoroughly disinfected and that there is no remaining bacteria remaining. This is an especially useful service if you have a lot of workers over the age of 50, as that is when legionnaires disease becomes very life-threatening. Since most office buildings tend to have an older workforce, this probably applies to you.


A common cooling tower repair is the replacement of the steel coating on the outside of the system. Given that most cooling towers are placed on the outside of your building, in space open to the elements, corrosion is always going to be a risk. Naturally, rust is the most common form of this, but cooling towers can get affected by general wear and tear as well, commonly from dirt, heavy rain, storms and even hail. A corroded cooling tower is one that is more likely to malfunction and cause the whole system to shut down. If your cooling tower is an important part of your production process (as many are in the industrial world), then it is essential you combat corrosion as soon as you see it.

Leaky Cooling Tower Repair

Cooling towers use a variety of chemicals depending on what their purpose is. These chemicals are quite dangerous on their own and not just to humans either. Leaky coolants and other chemicals can damage the building and fixtures around a cooling tower, potentially costing you thousands of dollars. In addition to that, they can also burn skin and cause whole manufacturing plants to shut down if not repaired as soon as they are found. It is also important with cooling tower repair jobs to identify the source of the problem, not just to fix the symptoms. That way the leak does not happen again. 


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Calling in the Contractors

Hello! My name is Andy and I have recently finished building my dream home by the ocean. I have always loved swimming and surfing in the sea so the idea of living by the beach has always appealed to me. I used to live in a small apartment but I worked hard and saved as much cash as I could. By the time I reached the age of 47, I finally had the funds to build my dream home. I called in a team of construction contractors who built my house. They were really great guys and I picked up a lot of knowledge during the months they were working with me. I will share some of the knowledge here.