As summer approaches and temperatures skyrocket, producers become increasingly dependent on evaporative cooling systems to preserve the health and comfort of their animals. While evaporative cooling systems are extremely beneficial, they also require a significant amount of maintenance in order to remain clean and function properly.
Some of the common problems producers encounter with their evaporative cooling systems include:
- Algae stains
- Uneven water distribution
- Mineral scale buildup
- Dirty equipment
These issues prevent your system from functioning properly and can lead to costly maintenance concerns. Here are some tips for ensuring your evaporative cooling system is operating optimally:
Don’t let pads sit in water for extended periods of time
When cool-cell pads stay wet when they are not operating, algae stains are allowed to form and pads quickly become clogged, thus drastically shortening the life of the equipment. To prevent the formation of algae stains, never let pads sit in water for extended periods of time. Allow pads to completely dry out at least once every 24 hours, and clean pumps regularly, too.
Check for clogged distribution pipes
Dry areas on operating cool cell pads are a strong indicator that your distribution pipe is filled with debris or mineral scale buildup. To prevent this from happening, bleed off at least five percent of the water weekly and add fresh make-up water to stop calcium and salt from accumulating.
Perform a regular and thorough cleaning of equipment
Proper cleaning is essential in order to keep your evaporative cooling system in good working order. Some key steps to attend to include:
- Removing the pads from the system: Carefully inspect them for signs of wear and tear, the presence of insects, and the formation of rodent nests. Manually remove any vermin that have moved in.
- Gently rinsing debris: Avoid using a pressure washer to prevent damage to the system. Instead, use a low-pressure rinse.
- Cleaning the pad framing: Remove dirt and buildup.
- Refilling the system with fresh water: You’ll want to flush your distribution pipe and unclog any holes that have become blocked over time.
For those looking for an added boost of protection for their cool cell pads, SWASHCOOL-CELL™ is the perfect solution. SWASHCOOL-CELL™ is a solution that controls the water quality found within these delicate systems. It binds carbonates to balance water pH, allowing the chelating and dispersant agents in the product to work more efficiently. pH buffering, which occurs over 5-10 days depending on water quality, is crucial since acidic water can destroy pads. Meanwhile, chelating agents bind mineral scale and dispersants keep dust and dirt dispersed in the water to prevent harmful build-up from occurring, thus protecting the equipment and extending its longevity while also improving air flow.
SWASHCOOL-CELL™ can be added to fresh water in the cool cell sump at any time during or between production cycles to clean and then maintain the pads.