Let’s Talk Legionella with Ray Field, Director of Liquid Solutions

ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 has everyone in the industry raising the subject on the most effective way to manage Legionella, including more comprehensive cooling tower maintenance strategies and how these can promote better IAQ. This September 12th – 14th, at the upcoming ASHRAE IAQ Conference, Ray Field, Director of Goodway Liquid Solutions, will discuss a five-step preventative maintenance program that answers some of the most common cooling tower questions facility managers and contractors have when combating Legionella and improving IAQ for more efficient HVAC systems.

Goodway_Ray_Field“Putting together a maintenance plan and developing proper procedures is no longer optional. Managers need to take these steps now to minimize the risks of an outbreak occurring in a facility.”

– Ray Field, Director of Liquid Solutions

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Studies have shown that 40 – 60 percent of cooling towers test positive for Legionella. Early detection and action can prevent rapid growth and spreading, but deferred Legionella maintenance can only reduce the performance of system equipment even more – causing higher energy expenses, irreparable equipment breakdowns, or costly replacements.

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Owners of these human occupied buildings and those involved in the design, construction, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and service of centralized water building systems are held responsible for outbreaks and are currently holding the lives of its pedestrians in their hands. Don’t drop the ball on proper cooling tower cleaning. Learn what can be done to control the growth of Legionella in HVAC systems and prevent risking the health of others in the community.

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6 Things You Should Know About Legionella

Just last August, about 120 people in the South Bronx were infected with Legionnaires’ Disease and 12 people died. At the time, up to 5 cooling towers in the area tested positive for Legionella, a fatal bacteria that grows in warm, damp environments and can spread once contaminated water has become aerosolized and the vapor is inhaled.

In this post, we’ll be discussing where Legionella can be found and in our infographic, we’re sharing 6 things you should know about this hazardous bacteria.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), temperatures of 32°C-40°C (90°-105°F) are ideal for growth and rust, scale and the presence of other microorganisms also promote growth. Legionella can occur in any location where water is warm and has potential to become aerosolized or misted. 

Some environments where Legionella can be found are in:

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•  Hot water tanks
•  Large air conditioning systems
•  Humidifiers
•  Whirlpool spas
•  Hot water systems
•  Ice making machines

During last year’s Legionella outbreaks in the South Bronx, large cooling towers from local hotels, hospitals, and educational facilities were found to be responsible for contaminating the outdoor air quality and infecting the community. “The scary part of it is that 40% to 60% of cooling towers, through different studies, have shown that they’re positive for Legionella,” said Ray Field, Chemical Expert, during a podcast last year discussing the issue.

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There are several other important things you should know about Legionella before tackling sick cooling towers that may be infected. View our infographic to see 6 more facts about Legionella.

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Download Goodway’s 6 Facts About Legionella infographic containing information from trusted Legionella sources here.

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Air Quality: Laudable Effort or Legal Expectation?

Issue of Outdoor Air Quality for HVAC IndustryAre companies responsible for reduced outdoor air quality caused by infected or dirty cooling towers? As it stands, citizens have no legal expectation of clean air. With urban pollution rising and environmental litigation becoming a viable option, however, businesses need to think twice about the outside impact of poorly maintained cooling systems.

Urban Issues

Pollution in metropolitan centers has been on the rise for decades. Now, citizens and watchdog groups are taking action in hopes of improving outdoor air quality. It’s a significant concern; as noted by the World Health Organization (WHO), outdoor air pollution contributes to 6.7 percent of all deaths.

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The Dangers of Deferred HVAC Maintenance

CTV1501_Cooling_Tower_Vacuum_In_useCompanies are on the hook to cut costs; staff, services and technology all fall under the ax of balanced books. In an effort to minimize day-to-day impacts, many businesses are turning to deferred maintenance —putting off required repairs or upgrades on HVAC systems and cooling towers until they’re absolutely necessary or the unit fails. The problem? As noted by a HealthCareCAN report, this is a “short term solution with long-term consequences unless additional resources are provided at a later date.” Best case? Cooling towers fail and you’re out time and money. Worst case? Killer infections. Here’s a look at the pitfalls of deferred maintenance for HVAC units.

Big Savings, Big Problems?

At first glance deferred maintenance seems like a reasonable solution to an immediate need: If HVAC and other systems are still performing within expected parameters it’s easy to put off maintenance until the “next budget.” If the same scenario exists a year later deferring again only makes sense, right?

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Water Wasters: Poorly-Maintained Cooling Towers Foul Up Savings

Water Wasters Poorly-Maintained Cooling Towers Foul Up SavingsMany commercial buildings depend on the efficient performance of water cooling towers. According to the Los Angeles Times, however, older towers are effectively “swamp coolers” in disguise, piping down water so corrosive it can’t be used for a second cycle. The result? Big money to cool even small spaces, along with a real risk of diseases like Legionnaires.

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We’re Heating Things Up This Winter at AHR Expo 2016!

AHR Expo 2016 GoodwayThings are heating up in the HVAC industry and we’ve got a front row seat. Kick off the new year with us in the sunny city of Orlando, Florida, at AHR Expo 2016, the world’s largest HVACR marketplace! From January 25-27, 2016, come see the most advanced products and innovative technology of the year, gain insight from over 2,000 exhibitors and seize the moment to network with more than 60,000 HVACR professionals all under one roof.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get an exclusive look at hundreds of new and innovative products that can help your business operate more quickly and efficiently, like our state-of-the-art TFC-200 that prevents growth of Legionella bacteria and our award-winning RAM-PRO-XL®, which received a coveted Gold Dealer Design Award, as well as earning honorable mention in the tools & instruments category for the 2014 AHR Innovation Awards.

Our award-winning RAM-PRO-XL features:

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  • Integrated TubeGuard® technology to help obliterate biofilm and protect tubes from corrosion
  • Complete all-in-one system for cleaning limescale and debris from the tower fill
  • Chain drive system for a smoother, more effective performance in challenging situations

 

Our Legionella-fighting TFC-200 features:

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  • A compact, all-in one system, that can be used virtually anywhere
  • 36” Stainless Steel extension wands for those hard-to-reach areas
  • 25” chemical resistant hose protecting from harsh, aggressive chemicals

Even better, we’ll be unveiling a very special surprise that will be a complete game-changer for the HVAC industry! We’re especially excited because this forthcoming year will also mark 50 years of Goodway providing innovative HVAC solutions that simplify maintenance tasks for people around the world. Come celebrate this tremendous milestone with us! Several other fun activities like contests, giveaways, product demos and an exclusive Cocktail party will also be occurring as this magical moment in trade show history unfolds.

This time around, all of the excitement will be taking place at booth #3444, so be sure to stop by and say hello!

Legionnaires Law: Cooling Towers Now Subject to Regular Inspection

In 1976, 182 Legionnaires came down with a severe case of pneumonia at a meeting of the American Legion in Philadelphia. Twenty-nine of them died—the cause of death was revealed as a new bacteria soon named Legionella pneumophila. Despite nearly forty years of research and mitigation efforts, however, Legionnaires disease remains a serious problem in highly-populated areas—now, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio have rolled out a new set of rules designed to quickly identify and hopefully stop the spread of this disease. Here’s what it means for businesses.

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Podcast: Ray Field Discusses How to Prevent or Mitigate Legionella Outbreaks

Goodway_Ray_FieldRecently we discussed the unusual Legionella outbreaks hitting New York City. In this post, we dive deeper into Legionella Outbreaks to discuss preventative maintenance practices and chemical solutions that minimize risk.

Ray Field, the Director of Goodway Liquid Solutions, talks about Legionnaires’ disease and legionella bacteria, as it relates to cooling towers. He begins by stating that 40% to 60% of cooling towers, through different studies, have shown that they’re positive for legionella.

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Bad Air in the Big Apple? “Unusual” Legionnaires Outbreak Hits New York City

Legionnaires Disease HVAC Cooling Tower

Odds are New York City has seen better summers. In addition to the sweltering weather, NYC is now dealing with a Legionnaires outbreak in the Bronx that’s infected over fifty people and killed four. Right now the city is searching for answers about origin and impact, while many citizens are left wondering just what kind of risk they face.

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Foul Play? Cooling Tower Cleanliness Key to Plant Efficiency

Foul Play? Cooling Tower Cleanliness Key to Plant EfficiencyAt most commercial and industrial plants, chiller systems get the lion’s share of investment, attention, and maintenance. It’s no wonder: HVAC plant chillers account for approximately 45 percent of utility costs and use more than five times the energy of cooling towers on average. As a result, companies are willing to invest in tube wire brushing, chemical descaling, and eddy current monitoring to keep these systems running.

What’s often overlooked, however, is the direct link between cooling tower performance and chiller efficiency—if fouled, towers can bog down an entire plant or even spread infectious diseases such as Legionella. Bottom line? Clean towers are key to better cooling.

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