Microbiological Control and Biofilms
Microbiological control in cooling systems is a lot more than just biocides additions. Even systems with well-regulated biocide programs can experience serious problems because of hidden, hard to detect biofilm deposits.
Biofilms are communities of surface attached bacteria growing inside a protective microbial secretion often called slime. Biofilms form on living and inanimate surfaces in virtually every imaginable environment and are integral to the ecology of life. In cooling water systems, they are the root cause of serious and costly problems: biofilms dramatically reduce heat transfer and cause blockage in critical heat exchangers, significantly accelerate system corrosion and promote the spread of pathogens like Legionella or Pseudomonas.
Biofilms are inevitable in man-made water systems: with their complex piping, redundant equipment, and continuous infusion of dirt, nutrients, and bacteria, water systems provide ideal conditions for biofilms to become established. Once established, they are hard to remove. The only practical objective in water systems is to manage the negative impact of biofilms on the safety, reliability and efficiency of these systems, not their complete elimination.
Don’t battle against biofilm alone; Chem-Aqua will help you tackle the biofilms plaguing your water systems.
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