Chardon Labs: Commercial & Industrial Water Treatment Company
Dayton, Ohio, is full of different types of businesses using various water systems, like cooling towers, boilers and closed-loop systems. These systems are vulnerable to issues such as corrosion and contamination that lead to reduced efficiency, damage and transmitted illness if not treated appropriately.
At Chardon Laboratories, we offer a wide range of services for Ohio companies, all completed by experts in the field. We are certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and deliver comprehensive, customized solutions to meet the unique needs of your system.
Whether you're looking to reduce the presence of bacteria and contaminants, improve the performance and longevity of your equipment or meet specific requirements for water quality, the highly trained technicians at Chardon Labs can help.
Cooling Tower Water Treatment Services
If your work involves a cooling tower, the Chardon Laboratories experts deliver holistic treatment services. We'll help you boost contamination defense and avoid problems like concentrated mineral content, white rust and biological growth.
Our cooling tower water treatment services in Dayton, Ohio, include:
- Customized plans to address contamination issues like biological growth, scale and rust.
- Heat exchanger services.
- Testing and reporting on current system status.
- Regular maintenance at a predictable, guaranteed annual price.
- Cooling tower passivation and treatment application with ISO-certified technicians.
Our approach to delivering clean systems involves carefully analyzing your unique cooling tower. We consider its configuration, which can vary by draft type and airflow direction. Whether you have a natural or mechanical tower with counterflow or crossflow, we'll factor it in.
Aspects like these are important because the cooling tower is the primary source of contamination. Between the open-tower design and evaporation, your tower becomes susceptible to several undesirable results. The open tower can cause airborne particles to accumulate, encouraging biological growth, and evaporation can lead to mineral concentration.
To combat these processes, we have a wide range of treatments we can use, from corrosion and scale inhibitors to white rust preventatives, and we can develop a treatment for various water environments.
We may combine various equipment and chemicals to develop the right solution. Our boiler water treatment equipment can include:
- Conductivity controllers for accessing real-time data and automating feeds.
- Contact headwater meters for determining the right amount of chemical feed, accurately tracking the system and avoiding overfeeding or underfeeding.
- Chemical pumps with various automation levels for easy chemical addition.
- Mini pulse timers to control the flow of chemical feed with relay outputs.
- Corrosion coupon racks for easier monitoring and reduced corrosion risk.
- Flow switches to detect issues and deliver efficient monitoring of your system.
- Bleed solenoids to ensure accurate system bleeding and easy adjustments to bleed functionality as needed.
- Biocide/chemical batch tanks deliver safe, efficient storage for chemicals with durable materials to reduce spill risks.
- Probes for pH, Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP) and conductivity that work alongside your controller for fast, comprehensive analysis of your real-time pH levels and easier water quality monitoring.
We use this wide range of equipment alongside chemicals like corrosion inhibitors, oxidizing and non-oxidizing biocides, anti-foaming chemicals and pre-treatment chemicals. All of these solutions are important for preventing scale, corrosion buildup, bio-fouling, microbiological growth and bacteria buildup.
Closed-Loop Water Treatment Services
Heating and cooling systems usually involve three kinds of loops that come together in a closed-loop system. These loops are for chilled water, refrigerated gas and cooling gas, and they're susceptible to leaks that can lead to corrosion, bacteria and system damage.
Don't think that just because your system is closed-loop that it is immune to the problems of open-loop systems. Our closed-loop water treatment services in Dayton, Ohio, include:
- A free survey to determine current system status and needs.
- Prevention of corrosion, scale and microbiological growth.
- Cleaning and flushing.
- Corrosion coupons.
- Regularly scheduled testing of treatment through a customized chemical treatment plan.
- Continued maintenance at a steady and consistent annual price.
- Treatments administered by ISO-certified technicians to ensure system longevity.
If you work with plastic injection molds, it's especially important to stay aware of system health, because changing mold tools can cause the system to lose a significant amount of its volume and open it up to issues.
You may need to take extra maintenance steps like water replacement and flushing the attachment manifold. We can help you manage this type of system.
While a closed-loop system is theoretically protected from many of the problems that open-loop systems face, it may still be subject to corrosion problems, whether through leaks, filters, water quality or other factors. To ensure corrosion does not affect the inner workings of a closed-loop system, we make sure to change filters and test aspects like conductivity, pH balance and component deterioration.
The primary concern with closed-loop systems is corrosion. We utilize a range of techniques to deliver clean closed-loop systems and minimize corrosion risk. We apply various chemicals to the dissolved solids in a system to make the water less aggressive and less corrosive, or we'll adjust the pH to optimum, non-corrosive levels. Without appropriate pH levels, the water and its dissolved solids can wear on the piping. It also helps with iron issues.
Since a closed-loop system has no exposure to air, the best way to reduce corrosion risk is by taking oxygen out of the water, which slows the speed of corrosion on metal surfaces. We do this through chemicals, as well as compounds that form a protective film on the surfaces of the system and passivate them.
Some of the equipment we use to ensure clean closed-loop systems includes:
- pH probes.
- Filtration equipment.
- Biocide feeders.
- Shot feeder systems.
Legionella Testing Services
Legionella can be a dangerous inhabitant in a wide range of water systems, such as cooling towers, air washers and fountains. It leads to the serious illness of Legionnaire's disease or Pontiac fever and can come from a wide range of sources, like stagnant water, permanently capped pipework and redundant or off-line pumps. You can also find it in the biofilm and slime on the surfaces of lakes, rivers and streams.
Legionella thrives in warm and wet environments, which are common in many water systems. This is why the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) established Standard 188.
This standard includes regularly scheduled Legionella testing and response guidelines identified in a water management plan. It applies to many different types of buildings based on the potential for growth and the susceptibility of the population within the building.
Buildings that must abide by the standard include those with:
- A centralized hot water heater.
- More than 10 stories.
- Inpatient health care.
- Occupants over the age of 65.
- A whirlpool or spa.
- One or more water features.
- Free chlorine over .5 parts per million.
Meeting the needs of this standard and protecting a building's inhabitants requires frequent, regular testing. These tests can be tricky to conduct based on the way Legionella behaves. It is typically consumed by an amoeba and multiplies from within it before exploding into the water supply.
In the right conditions, it can also grow from low, undetectable levels to dangerously high levels quite quickly.
When we deliver our Legionella testing services to buildings in Dayton, Ohio, we work with leading testing services to provide accurate information and take the necessary steps to address the challenges inherent in working with Legionella. Our expertise includes thorough testing and Legionella control solutions through a variety of equipment and chemicals that meet the demands of your water system.
While biocides and chemicals are often sufficient, this isn't always the case. Other approaches, like engineering solutions, inspections, cleanings and flushes, may be necessary. All of these requirements can change as operations evolve.
Chardon Labs can keep up with these changes through careful monitoring and a knowledgeable understanding of the different species and serogroups of Legionella.
In addition to control and testing, we also help with the following aspects related to managing Legionella risks:
- Risk assessment
- Water management plan development
- Implementation assistance
- Cooling tower cleaning
A water management plan is required by Standard 188. We can help you develop one through a comprehensive survey and risk assessment, as well as expert evaluation of the results and guidance on implementation and the best practices to use moving forward.
Boiler Water Treatment Services
Last but not least, we offer comprehensive boiler water treatment services to Dayton, Ohio, businesses. Boilers are essential in many different industrial applications, so longevity, reliability and efficiency are critical.
The biggest threats to these factors are scale and corrosion:
- Scale: Scale is a deposit made of calcium, silica and iron, which is made when impurities precipitate out of the water and harden onto the surfaces of the boiler. It insulates and reduces heat transfer efficiency and can slough off the sides, interrupting flow through pipes and causing overheating, warping and the failure of boiler tubes.
- Corrosion: Corrosion can come from several different sources but is often caused by the reaction between the chemicals in the air or water and the metal of the boiler. These reactions can cause pits and wear in the metal and eat away at the inner mechanisms. Scale can also contribute to corrosion, as it traps corrosive sodium salts present in acidic water against the metal walls.
To handle these threats and ensure your boiler runs at optimum efficiency, we offer a range of services, including:
- A free survey to determine your system status and needs.
- Regularly scheduled testing within a customized chemical treatment plan.
- Scale and corrosion prevention methods.
- Boiler care during peak use and the off-season.
- Continued maintenance at a guaranteed annual price.
- Treatments administered by ISO-certified technicians.
We supply these services to help you avoid the costs of scale and corrosion, which can add up significantly. Scale can cause uneven heat distribution, wasting energy and warping the tubes, while corrosion can lead to pitting, leaking condensate lines and steam trap failure.
These kinds of problems can create expensive repairs, downtime and reduced efficiency. With the right treatments, you can protect your boiler and your overall steam system, improving operations and equipment life.
Controlling and monitoring for the different threats to a boiler requires several different strategies:
- Blowdown implementation:Blowdown is the process of maintaining appropriate concentration cycles via purposeful draining of feedwater out of the boiler. Then, we add feedwater with a lower concentration of dissolved solids to replace the removed water. This results in a lower concentration of dissolved minerals in the water.
- Chemicals: Adding the right chemicals to the water creates chemical reactions to consume the minerals that form scales. Water softeners, for instance, can remove iron, calcium and magnesium ions from feedwater, while sulfite can absorb high levels of dissolved oxygen that leads to pitting. Other products can effectively disperse precipitated crystals, which prevents these materials from settling and forming deposits. We have chemicals to assist with scale prevention, pH control, oxygen control and foam reduction.
- Engineering solutions: Equipment like coupon racks and contact headwater meters can help with accurate system monitoring, while controllers can automate feeds, conductivity bleeds and readouts. We might use other types of equipment too, like boiler probes, boiler blowdown solenoids and chemical pumps.
To decide which solutions to implement, we perform thorough testing of your boiler system to identify which combination of techniques offers the right type of corrosion and scale defense in that unique environment. Our technicians are highly trained in both topics and work with you to determine the best solution.
Working With Chardon Labs
Working with Chardon Laboratories is a unique experience because we don't sell chemicals — we sell clean systems. That means our focus is on holistic solutions designed to improve efficiency, protect your investments and make managing water treatment a simple, reliable process. We aim to keep your operating costs low through efficient equipment and transparent pricing structures.
Whether you need to control scale, corrosion or biological growth in your equipment, Chardon Labs can help. Reach out today to learn more about working with us for water treatment solutions for your cooling towers, boilers, closed-loop systems, Legionella testing and more.