Post-Hurricane Sandy Series: Cooling Towers and Flooding

This week we continue our Post-Hurricane Sandy Series, as we discuss cooling towers and how they can be affected by flooding. Next week we’ll finish up the series when we give you FEMA resources to help you fully restore your facility after the disaster.

Flood waters carry debris that may get pulled into towers. So it’s crucial to a thorough recovery and clean-up process after flooding not to forget about cooling towers.

Cooling towers should be cleaned regularly regardless to keep them free of insects, dust, pollen and other debris. However, it’s particularly important to clean the towers after a flood to ensure that sediment and other debris doesn’t harshly affect the cooling tower.

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Pressure Washer to Boiler Tube Cleaning: Developing a Building Maintenance Checklist

As cold weather continues to cover much of the U.S., buildings will need to rely more heavily on their HVAC system. If you perform routine upkeep on your furnace, heat pump, and filter systems, chances are good you’ll continue to experience a comfortable winter.

Technology and maintenance standards are constantly evolving, and realistically, no one person has the time to just sit at a desk and keep up with all of the changes. Proactive, preventive maintenance requires scheduled tasks to occur at specific time intervals – a little planning can help avoid many of the problems associated with reactive maintenance. Not only can it reduce downtime costs, save energy and eliminate recurring problems but it can also extend the useful life of equipment or a building.

I often speak with facilities maintenance team members and have been surprised by some of what I’ve learned over time. One thing that comes up over and over is that many of these staffers don’t necessarily have facility maintenance backgrounds – they haven’t been formally trained to do the jobs they currently hold. I also heard that maintenance personnel often find themselves working with little guidance or technical support. It could be a recipe for inefficiency or worse.

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Shipboard Maintenance: Pressure Washing the Ship’s Main Engine & Auxiliaries

Can you see the casualty before it happens? I was once asked to survey the operational condition and readiness of a ship’s engineering and propulsion plant prior to purchase. Well, what I found was totally unacceptable! The equipment was so dirty and grimy one could barely make out the color of paint on the main engines and their associated components. I immediately requested that the equipment be pressure washed prior to my inspection.

I then looked at the operations logs and found what looked like an excess amount of lube oil consumption — my suspicions were right on. After pressure washing the equipment and then operating it – I observed lube oil leaks everywhere. You just couldn’t appreciate them initially due to the accumulation of oil and grime.

What sights and sounds might you encounter when inspecting a ship’s engine room? Check out the video below taken on a 300m, 5000 TEU container ship.

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Flow Rate is Key When Choosing A Pressure Washer

As a valuable public service, we at Just Venting are proud to take this opportunity to debunk a commonly held myth – namely that the more pressure your pressure washer washes with the better it will wash. (How’s that for a tongue twister?). The fact is, according to the technical experts at Goodway Technologies, that pressure will only get you so far, and that water flow rate plays a greater role in determining how well a pressure washer performs.

Every combination of material and contaminants has a particular pressure that is required to separate the two. Grease on stainless steel will require a different pressure than grease on aluminum, cast iron or Teflon. Similarly, paint will require a different pressure to remove it from stainless steel than will ink, chewing gum or tar.

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Accessories Make Your Pressure Washer More Useful

If you have a pressure washer, chances are there is a fairly narrow set of tasks for which you use it.  Sure, you clean the sidewalks (especially the cracks between the individual blocks), and maybe you wash the mud off your pickup truck or lawn tractor…

Ho Hum…snore…

But add just the right accessories and options and you can extend the functionality of your pressure washer, letting you do so much more than just get the dirt off your stuff. For example…

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Pressure Washers: Is Just One Enough?

If you were to take an inventory of the equipment you use most often in your day-to-day- activities as building and facility managers, what would be on that list?  Chances are most of them are the prosaic, ordinary stuff we all take for granted – ladders, vacuum cleaners, flashlights, two wheelers, small hand tools (screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, etc.) and pressure washers.

One thing they all have in common is that they are amazingly versatile and can be used in almost every situation – that’s why they are our go-to tools.  It’s hard to imagine going any length of time without needing and using all of them.

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