School Facility Water Treatment Services

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Prioritizing safety and energy efficiency should align with something that fits the budget. Chardon Labs offers fair pricing with over 55 years of experience in the water treatment industry. We are a service-based company that identifies and treats problems firsthand.

Water & Energy Efficiency

Schools are given a budget they must work with. Your boilers, cooling towers, and closed loops cost a substantial amount of money to operate. Cooling and heating your school or campus should not have to break the budget. Your maintenance should be planned according to the water quality in your location and your system’s specifications. School breaks provide ample time to do seasonal maintenance such as a cooling tower or boiler layup.

System Safety

There are government regulations in place designed to keep your students and faculty safe. Boiler inspections, Legionella testing, and other safety measures increase the school’s liabilities. It is important to be familiar with all local laws and best practices for our industry. The service technician staff needs to be experienced and thoroughly trained in safety.

K12 Water Treatment for Elementary, Middle, & High Schools

The amount of schools Chardon Labs does chemical water treatment for.

Chemical water treatment is important for K12 public school districts and vocational/private schools. When running a facility with children, safety is of the utmost importance for primary, junior high, and high schools. The liability falls on the school for providing these services safely, so working with an experienced and trustworthy company is important. Chardon Labs performs chemical water treatment at hundreds of school buildings, let our experienced service technicians help you.

Efficient University Campus Water Treatment

University campuses require heating and cooling for all its buildings, which can be an expensive undertaking. Monitoring problems for all of these is difficult to do without remote monitoring. Thankfully, Chardon Labs offers remote monitoring, automated feeding, and electronic service reporting. The buildings present on a campus can vary substantially in size and it is necessary to design heating and cooling systems that are appropriate. The need for a large lecture hall would differ substantially from a small staff office. Universities are especially susceptible to spreading Legionella due to the high foot traffic in many areas of campus. It is especially important to test and treat fast, especially for vulnerable staff and students.

Chardon’s Scale-Free Guarantee- Closed Loops, Cooling Towers, & Boilers

Scaling causes cooling towers, loops, and boilers to have calcium carbonate build up over time. The thicker it is on heat transfer surfaces, the less efficient it will be. Your energy bill will go up as the scale prevents conduction. Scale Inhibitors Our scale-free guarantee is possible through our highly successful treatment, monitoring, automation, and testing. The approach we use differs depending on the system type and we can help set up the right equipment and procedures that allow us to have this guarantee. Put simply if your school’s cooling tower, loop, or boiler scales (provided our minimum equipment requirements are met) the cost to remove the scale will be ON US.

Closed & Semi-Closed Loop Treatment

We utilize corrosion inhibitors, scale inhibitors, and anti-foaming chemicals to help prevent common loop issues for your educational institution’s building.

  • Corrosion Inhibitor: Corrosion in your closed loop is accompanied by deposition. This deposition amplifies the corrosion process by creating ideal locations for further corrosion to occur. Semi-closed loops have more oxygen dissolving into them. Both can benefit from corrosion inhibitors which passivate metal surfaces.
  • Anti-Foaming Agent: These act to displace surface molecules in the foam, which disperse and burst the bubbles.
  • Scale Inhibitor: Usually is a blend of phosphates and polymers. They soften the water enough to prevent scale formation.

Boiler Water Treatment

A steam boiler or hot water boiler is a highly effective heating system for educational facilities. Frequently used chemicals for boilers include alkalinity builders, amines, anti-scalers, and oxygen scavengers. These maintain ideal water properties and help prevent common boiler issues like scaling, fouling, corrosion, priming, and leaking.

Cooling Tower Water Treatment

School cooling towers are in consistent operation and require regular water treatment to operate effectively. The chemicals used in water treatment keep the water’s composition within the correct levels. The water will be less efficient at transferring heat if these levels are not kept within their limits. Furthermore, the cycles of concentration, which is the number of times the water can be cycled before being flushed out, can be increased with the right chemicals. One of the most important functions of chemical water treatment is protecting the heat transfer surfaces the water flows through. Common cooling tower surface water treatment issues in schools include:

  • Scale Buildup: Layers of calcium carbonate buildup
  • Corrosion: Rust and pitting
  • Bacteria: Which often creates biofilm that can promote Legionella
  • Algae Deposits: Can be caused by airborne debris and grows well in sunlight

These range of issues impair heat transfer efficiency, evaporate unsafe contaminants, and cause mechanical issues. Our school water treatment services are specifically tailored to mitigate these issues, we have seen it all. An important way to stay ahead of potential problems and ensure proper operation of your cooling tower is to utilize remote monitoring.

Should my School Invest in a Cooling Tower?

Your educational facility may utilize a cooling tower with its HVAC system. The cooling tower removes heat and increases the load that the HVAC system can handle. If there is already a cooling tower at your school, there is probably a good reason. If you are considering a cooling tower vs just keeping your HVAC system as is, factor in the following:

  • Building Size: Cooling towers are recommended for medium to large educational facilities such as universities, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools, boarding, charter. A small daycare, preschool, or standardized test prep school usually is not large enough to benefit from a cooling tower investment.
  • Cooling System Load: If the HVAC system is overworked and is struggling to cool the whole facility, it may be time to consider a cooling tower. The lifespan of the HVAC system will be reduced. Additionally, functional and maintenance issues will likely occur.
  • Efficiency: Cooling towers are highly efficient in dissipating heat and utilize less energy in medium to large facilities. Newer cooling tower models offer energy-efficient upgrades like modern fan motors. Additionally, the type of cooling tower that is specifically suited for your application can significantly increase your efficiency. Educational centers often use a standard such as Energy Star Certification, which considers investing in cooling systems a cost-effective investment.
  • Environmentally Friendly: Public and Private Educational Institutions will likely be eco-conscious about the energy efficiency in their buildings. A cooling tower system will likely provide significant energy efficiency, reducing unnecessary energy consumption, in addition to future cost savings.
  • Investment: Consider cooling towers as an investment. Is your school likely to be shut down soon? Or is it likely to stay consistent or expand with new additions? If it is a new construction project, factor in the long-term benefits a cooling tower could provide. HVAC by itself is a cheaper upfront cost, but for most educational facilities a cooling tower is likely to provide energy cost-savings that pay for itself.


Remote Monitoring in Educational Facilities

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Remote monitoring automates part of the maintenance requirements for cooling towers, closed loops, and boilers for your facility. Our controllers are set to chemical feed pumps that balance the water levels regularly. In addition to our remote monitoring services, we include electronic reporting for full transparency on your school’s water treatment program.

Legionella Testing & Remediation

Schools prioritize safety for the staff and their students. We offer Legionella mitigation, fast testing, and potable/non-potable treatment and flushing services.

  • Mitigation: A water management plan sets up the proper procedures for potable water in your educational facility such as flushing unused bathroom sinks and drinking fountains, as well as removing dead legs in piping. The non-potable water present in cooling towers is susceptible to Legionella contaminants from the outside air, which can easily grow without ongoing water treatment and system maintenance.
  • Fast testing: Our staff can promptly schedule Legionella testing at your school. We also offer regular testing to stay ahead of unwanted outbreaks. We perform the testing in multiple locations that are suspected or more likely to have Legionella bacteria present.
  • Remediation: Once a Legionella outbreak occurs it is necessary to kill the bacteria quickly and effectively. We identify all locations where the bacteria are present and then treat the system with the proper biocides. We flush the system for a scheduled interval of time after this is complete.

School Grants for Energy Efficiency & Clean Air

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Schools are eligible for several funding opportunities. For air quality and energy efficiency, the DOE Biden-Harris Action Plan for Building Better School Infrastructure includes grants for increasing air quality and energy efficiency. Additional grants from the DOE are updated here. Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 which gives grant money for air quality, heating, cooling, and control systems.

Free School Chemical Water Treatment Surveys & Proposals

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We know school safety is a top priority. Our service technicians arrive in a Chardon Labs branded truck, with a branded water test kit, and in uniform. You can always trust us to show up on schedule. We clean up after ourselves and value professional relationships with our school customers.


Need chemical water treatment services for your educational facility? Look no further, as an experienced company we can increase the efficiency of your system while mitigating risks. Reach out if you need help with common problems such as corrosion, scaling, biofilm, Legionella, algae, water overuse, or Legionella. Our surveys, proposals, and bids come at no cost; we can properly assess your school’s situation.

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