Chardon Labs: Commercial & Industrial Water Treatment Company
While Michigan is primarily known for its thriving automotive industry, it’s also home to leading plastics, food processing and other manufacturing entities. If your Michigan manufacturing operation requires reliable and affordable water treatment services, Chardon Labs has you covered.
We’re not a chemical seller — our goal is to deliver comprehensive, premium services that create clean systems. Our strong Midwest presence enables us to serve industrial and commercial operations throughout Michigan quickly and efficiently. We are proud to provide commercial water treatment services in Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and beyond.
The Leading Cooling Tower Treatment Company in Michigan
Our Michigan cooling tower water treatment services include an assortment of chemical treatment options that protect against common contamination issues such as white rust formation and microbiological growth. For new cooling tower system startups, we have processes for cleaning to eliminate oxidation and corrosion by-products and remove residual grease and oils.
For galvanized steel cooling towers, we’ll follow this up with passivation to help prevent white rust/galvanic corrosion. We can also implement targeted chemical treatments to clean and decontaminate heat exchangers.
Cooling towers are one of the main sources of contamination within a water system. They're exposed to the outside environment, pulling in airborne particles and contributing to biological growth, as well as concentrating mineral content. Because of this potential for risk, it's essential to take good care of a cooling tower and stay on the lookout for possible contamination.
A cooling tower can come in a range of setups, from counterflow towers to mechanical-draft systems, and our knowledgeable technicians are able to determine which treatment approach is the best one for your unique system and business environment. We'll create a cost-effective maintenance program that helps eliminate threats of corrosion, scale and contamination.
Our cooling tower treatment plans pull from a vast inventory of equipment, like conductivity controllers, headwater meters, coupon racks, mini pulse timers and many other tools.
Some of the chemicals we may use in a cooling tower include corrosion inhibitors to reduce scale and rust, anti-foaming chemicals, and pre-treatment chemicals for maximizing your equipment's lifespan and performance. We can also apply oxidizing and non-oxidizing biocides to address various issues, like biological growth, improper pH levels and contamination.
Our cooling tower water treatment services in Michigan offer a wide range of benefits. You can:
- Find peace of mind for your equipment's health and operating capabilities.
- Improve efficiency overall for your system and operations.
- Prevent expensive repairs or replacements from broken or damaged equipment.
- Make your cooling tower management plan easier and simpler.
- Enjoy maintenance at a regular, predictable annual price.
Your Trusted Boiler Water Treatment Company in Michigan
When it comes to keeping your business moving, boilers are often a critical component. But scale and corrosion are destructive forces that will eventually cause boiler tubes to fail:
- Scale: Scale comes from materials like calcium, iron, and silica that precipitate out of the water and concentrate onto the metal surfaces of the boiler. They harden and create an insulating effect, so the boiler loses heat transfer efficiency and becomes much less effective. Another concern with scale is the possibility of these deposits sloughing off the sides. They can then interrupt the flow of water and cause equipment failure. Preventing scale is essential for maximum equipment lifespan and functionality.
- Corrosion: Corrosion appears when chemicals in the air or water interact with the metal of the boiler. It can also show up when water is highly acidic or when scale deposits trap corrosive sodium salts on the sides of the boiler. However it appears, corrosion can wear away at the metal and create pits, damaging the inner mechanisms and reducing efficiency.
Either one can be a source of repair expenses and reduced efficiency that can add downtime and costs to many commercial operations. Avoid these situations by working with the pros and taking advantage of Chardon Labs' boiler water treatment services in Michigan.
Our technicians, certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), know how to eliminate scale via the application of our recommendations and proper blowdown. We’ll also develop and implement an effective anti-corrosion strategy that entails the application of the best chemical solutions for the job.
One important step of our boiler treatment services is blowdown procedures. This process involves purposely draining feedwater with high concentrations of minerals. Then, it is replaced with water with a much lower concentration, reducing the amount of dissolved solids in the system. Since these solids are what form scale in the first place, minimizing them can help significantly.
In addition to these processes and chemicals, we may implement a range of equipment options, such as:
- Controllers. Controllers allow for automated feeds, readouts, and conductivity bleeds for improved efficiency and fewer manual tasks.
- Coupon racks. Corrosion coupon racks are a great way to estimate the rate of corrosion in a system. We often use them to measure the success of an approach and how well it is reducing corrosion. They can help us identify when additional steps are required.
- Boiler probes. Boiler probes measure the water level in a boiler, which is required for many types of analysis and pH monitoring. Many of them work alongside controllers for seamless operation.
- Chemical pumps. Chemical pumps are typically an essential part of a custom water treatment plan because they ensure regular, consistent chemical dosages in the water. We have a wide range of chemical pumps to deliver dependable results that match the needs of your boiler.
- Chemical mix tanks with agitators. A double-walled containment tank can hold onto chemicals until they're ready to be dispensed. These industrial-strength tanks are made of polyethylene for durability and offer easy access with spill-resistant lids and multiple metering pump mounts.
Our skilled technicians can select the right combination of equipment and processes to support your operation's unique needs.
Boiler Chemicals in Michigan
Your boiler system functions are vital to the operations of your business, and Chardon can help it run efficiently for years to come. We offer thorough chemical water treatment services to Michigan businesses.
Unfortunately, corrosion and scale can get in the way of this and put a damper on the efficiency of your boiler system.
Chardon can keep your system running and fight off scale and corrosion through comprehensive treatment. With professional equipment, ISO-certified technicians and extensive experience in the field, Chardon has everything you need to keep your systems running worry-free.
The chemicals we might use include:
- Scale prevention chemicals: A phosphonate blend can be a big player in keeping scale at bay. Within a scale prevention solution, you may also find components like dispersing polymers, sludge conditioners, anti-foaming agents and PTSA tracers.
- Boiler inhibitors: Boiler inhibitors can function as an all-in-one solution, with sulfites, caustics and phosphonates. We also offer some specifically designed for oxygen pitting and food-safe applications.
- pH control chemicals: Highly acidic water can damage the inner mechanisms of a boiler, so it's important to keep the pH balance at an appropriate level. We can neutralize high acidity with the help of pH-controlling chemicals like sodium hydroxide. These substances can be liquid or solid.
- Return-line chemicals: A treated return line can help keep pressure consistent in your system and help the metal better resist corrosion. Our blends include morpholine, cyclohexylamine, ammonium hydroxide, and amines for various tasks and system configurations. Food-safe blends are also available.
With our vast line of chemicals and expert ISO-certified technicians, we can deliver the right mix of chemicals to support your boiler system in its unique environment. If you want to develop a system that doesn't depend on chemicals, take a look at our chemical-free options.
The Experts in Closed-Loop Water System Treatment in Michigan
While closed-loop systems might be protected from some of the problems that face open-loop systems, they're far from invincible. You'll need to watch for leaks that would allow for contamination and aggressive water behavior that could harm the system.
Our water treatment options for closed-loop systems feature chemical applications specifically designed to prevent corrosion. We recommend a thorough cleaning and flushing process that will target and prevent microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC), which results from colonized bacteria feeding on iron-based surfaces.
We may add pH-controlling chemicals, oxygen-removing chemicals, or compounds that create protective films. An aggressive pH level can make the water itself corrosive, while excess oxygen can lead to increased corrosion, as well. As corrosion increases, the potential for contamination does as well, as bacteria is drawn to the newly formed iron.
Frustratingly enough, this corrosion often occurs undetected, which is why the system needs careful monitoring and regular testing practices. We can take care of these tasks and help you enjoy peace of mind through dependable closed-loop water treatment services in Michigan.
Our services include:
- A free survey to identify your system's needs and status.
- Cleaning and flushing.
- Regular testing with a custom chemical treatment plan.
- Steady, predictable annual rates.
- Treatments administered by ISO-certified technicians.
One important aspect to note when it comes to closed-loop systems is the vulnerability of plastic injection mold systems. Many consider these to be closed-loop systems, but they actually have significant risks associated with the loss of volume that occurs during the changing of molds. A closed-loop system is defined as one that loses less than 10% of its volume annually, and mold-changing causes the system to lose much more than that. These types of systems require extra management and care to replace this water.
Legionella Testing Services in Michigan
Legionella is a dangerous type of bacteria that can pose significant risks for illness and outbreaks. It also requires certain types of facilities to enact risk mitigation strategies.
This bacteria lives in warm, wet environments, such as those in cooling towers, air washers and even decorative fountains. It can also grow in stagnant areas with poor water flow and on the biofilm or slime that grows on the surface of some water sources.
Depending on the setup of your facility, the potential for Legionella can be significant, and removing and preventing it is vital for protecting the population of the building. Breathing in water droplets with Legionella can lead to outbreaks and Legionnaire's disease, a serious condition that necessitates a comprehensive water management plan.
As outlined by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in Standard 188, buildings that must develop a water management plan include those with:
- More than 10 stories.
- Occupants over 65 years old.
- One or more water features.
- Inpatient health care.
- A whirlpool or spa.
- A centralized hot water heater.
- Free chlorine over .5 parts per million (ppm).
There are several critical components to Legionella management and elimination, including thorough testing, risk analysis, reporting, a water management plan, and the procedures to follow through with it. These may include tasks like eliminating microorganisms and maintaining optimal pH levels. Water management plans are growing as an industry standard, and include a range of steps and best practices for maintaining the system and preventing Legionella growth.
Legionella behaves in a very unique, unpredictable way. It can grow and multiply within a small, hard-to-detect amoeba. Then, it explodes into the water supply at high levels. Due to this difficult behavior, many facilities choose to work with experts to prevent and eliminate it. We offer reliable Legionella testing services to Michigan businesses across the state.
Chardon Labs' skilled professionals know all about the different species and serogroups of Legionella, as well as how to detect and prevent it. Our services include plan development, implementation assistance, consultations, cooling tower cleaning, and regular Legionella tests through an industry-leading laboratory.
Chardon: A Michigan Water Treatment Company With More Than 50 Years of Experience
Chardon Labs has been a leading water management industry solutions provider since 1965. We’ll work closely with you to develop and implement customized treatment programs for cooling towers, boilers and loop systems that deliver great service at great prices. We share the mutually beneficial interest with our customers of finding ways to keep costs down, especially as it relates to water and energy savings. Selling you more chemicals isn't our goal — instead, we aim to deliver clean systems.
To learn more about our Michigan commercial water treatment services, contact us today or give us a call at 313-202-4410.