Water Treatment Services in Pittsburgh, PA

Water treatment services in Pittsburgh

Water Treatment Company in Pittsburgh, PA

The thriving industrial community in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, relies on a variety of water systems, all of which are susceptible to problems like corrosion, scale and biological growth.

Chardon Laboratories has become a reliable water treatment company in Pittsburgh because we aren’t focused on selling more chemicals.  We are focused on aligning ourselves with our customers to conserve water and energy and provide clean boilers, cooling towers and closed-loop systems. Our goal is to make your water treatment system efficient and have it deliver low operating costs. That’s why our comprehensive services help keep you scale-free at a great price.

From eliminating bacteria and contaminants and meeting specific water quality requirements to improving the performance and longevity of your equipment, we have solutions to help.

Boiler Water Treatment Services

Scale or corrosion, whether through general use or pitting, can cause extensive damage to your boiler. Incorporating boiler water treatment services at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, businesses prevents the development of corrosion and scale, and in turn, keeps your boiler active and efficient.

Our range of services can help a boiler run more efficiently and take care of these damaging threats. We offer:

  • A free survey for determining your system's status and needs.
  • Regularly scheduled testing with a customized chemical treatment plan.
  • Boiler care during peak use and the off-season.
  • Scale and corrosion prevention methods.
  • Continued maintenance at a guaranteed annual price.
  • Treatments administered by ISO-certified technicians.

These treatments and services can help you avoid the high costs of scale and corrosion. Scale can cause uneven heat distribution, which wastes energy and warps tubes, and corrosion can cause pitting, steam trap failure and leaking condensate lines. Problems like these may require costly repairs, unplanned downtime and reduced efficiency. Appropriate treatments can better protect your boiler and overall system for improved operations and equipment lifespans.

Our Methods

Boiler setups can vary widely, so we employ a range of different solutions to address different environments. These include:

  • Blowdown. This process involves ensuring appropriate concentration cycles by purposefully draining the feedwater from the boiler. Feedwater is then added with a lower concentration of dissolved solids, replacing the "blown down" water and creating a lower concentration of dissolved minerals in the water overall.
  • Chemicals. The right chemical solution can consume the kinds of minerals that form scale. Take water softeners, for instance, which remove iron, calcium and magnesium ions from feedwater. Sulfite, on the other hand, can absorb high levels of oxygen in the water that could cause pitting. Other products include those that disperse precipitated crystals, preventing them from settling as deposits. We personalize our treatment plans to include scale prevention, oxygen scavengers, water softening-pre-treatment, return line treatment and general corrosion inhibitors.
  • Engineering solutions. We offer equipment like coupon racks and contact headwater meters to provide accurate system monitoring, along with controllers that can automate conductivity bleeds, feeds and readouts. Other equipment options include boiler probes, chemical pumps and boiler blowdown solenoids.

When deciding what combination of methods to use, we conduct thorough testing and analysis to determine which techniques will deliver the right kind of scale and corrosion defense in that specific environment. We have technicians highly trained in water treatment who will work with you to determine the best solution.

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Chardon Labs is a NSF Certified Water Treatment

Closed-Loop Water Treatment Services

Standard loops in heating and cooling systems, such as chilled and hot water loops, are susceptible to corrosion, bacteria and system failures. Our closed-loop water treatment services in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, prevent these precursors to a system breakdown.

Our ISO-certified technicians use a broad range of treatments. After inspecting your system, we will test for pH, iron, conductance and corrosion inhibitor. We will also test for bacteria in certain applications. We may additionally apply chemicals and/or a full cleaning and flushing.

Chardon Labs' closed-loop water treatment services in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, include:

  • The prevention of scale, corrosion and microbiological growth.
  • A free survey to determine your current system's status and needs.
  • Cleaning and flushing.
  • Continued maintenance at a steady and consistent annual price.
  • Corrosion coupons.
  • Regularly scheduled testing through a customized chemical treatment plan.
  • Treatments administered by ISO-certified technicians to ensure the longevity of your system.

Businesses that work with plastic injection molding closed-loop systems need to be especially aware of their system's health, because the action of changing out mold tools can cause the system to lose a significant volume, creating more risk. Caring for these systems might require specific maintenance steps, such as water replacement and flushing the attachment manifold.

Our Methods

We deliver these services through a range of chemical and equipment solutions in a comprehensive treatment plan. Closed-loop systems require a little extra care because of where problems can appear — such as in the inner workings of the system.

Corrosion is the primary concern, and monitoring it is essential to ensuring a system that runs at optimal health and doesn't experience faster-than-normal deterioration. To keep an eye on corrosion levels, we check on filter health and test aspects like conductivity, deterioration rates and pH balance.

When it comes to reducing and preventing corrosion, we use a range of techniques to clean up a system and help it better resist corrosion in the future. We might apply chemicals to the dissolved solids in a system to make the water less corrosive or adjust the pH of the water to non-corrosive levels to prevent the dissolved solids from wearing on the pipes. A pH adjustment can also help prevent issues related to iron.

Another way to reduce corrosion risk is by removing oxygen from the water, which slows the rate of corrosion on a metal surface. Typically, we remove oxygen through chemicals or compounds that form a protective film on the system's surfaces. This film passivates the surfaces to slow the reactions.

The equipment we use for closed-loop water treatments includes:

  • Filtration equipment.
  • pH probes.
  • Biocide feeders.
  • Shot-feeder systems.

Cooling Tower Water Treatment Services

Whether starting a new system or operating an older one, preventive maintenance ensures your cooling towers remain functional. We use state-of-the-art products in our cooling tower water treatment services for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, companies to deliver a scale-free tower that’s protected from corrosion and bacteria.

We design a chemical water treatment program for your cooling tower according to water usage and incoming water quality. The inhibitors and biocides used in the cooling tower system are specifically designed to treat water in Pittsburgh, based on its’ hardness and conductivity levels.

Our Methods

When providing water treatment for cooling towers, we utilize chemicals such as corrosion inhibitors, oxidizing and non-oxidizing biocides, pre-treatment chemicals and anti-foaming chemicals. They can help prevent corrosion buildup, scale, bio-fouling, bacteria buildup and microbiological growth.

To deliver these chemicals and monitor your water system, we can implement a range of boiler water treatment equipment, such as:

  • Conductivity controllers to access real-time data and automate feeds.
  • Chemical pumps available with various levels of automation for simple chemical additions.
  • Corrosion coupon racks which assist with monitoring and reducing corrosion risk.
  • Mini pulse timers to control the chemical feed flow with relay outputs.
  • Contact headwater meters that help determine the correct amounts of chemical feed and accurately track the system for less over- or underfeeding.
  • Flow switches to detect problems and provide effective system monitoring.
  • Biocide and chemical batch tanks for safe, efficient chemical storage with durable materials for reducing spill risks.
  • Probes for Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP), pH level and conductivity that work with your controller for quick, comprehensive analysis of real-time pH levels and easier monitoring of water quality.
  • Bleed solenoids to ensure accurate system bleeding and make easy adjustments to bleed functionality.

Legionella Testing Services

If Legionella takes up residence in your company's water systems, it could be a source of outbreak, leading to the dangerous Legionnaire's disease or the less-serious Pontiac fever. Legionella is a bacteria that likes warm, wet environments, such as those in locations with stagnant water, redundant or off-line pumps and permanently capped pipework. Water systems such as air washers, cooling towers and fountains are prime locations for Legionella growth, along with biofilm and slime that grows on the surfaces of bodies of water.

Legionella grows in many of the water systems used to power businesses, so the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) established Standard 188, which outlines Legionella precautions and a water management plan requirement for these companies. This standard applies to many different types of buildings based on the susceptibility of the population or the potential for growth within the building's systems.

Buildings adhering to Standard 188 include those with:

  • Centralized hot water heaters.
  • More than 10 stories.
  • Occupants over the age of 65.
  • One or more water features.
  • Inpatient health care.
  • A whirlpool or spa.
  • Free chlorine over .5 parts-per-million.

Legionella has a unique pattern of growth, so testing for it can be difficult. This bacteria is generally consumed by an amoeba, multiplying from within until the amoeba explodes into the water supply. That means it can grow from undetectable levels to high levels very quickly. Working with experts ensures careful monitoring and a treatment plan developed with a knowledge of the different species and serogroups of Legionella.

Our Methods

When providing Legionella testing services to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, businesses, we partner with leading testing services for accurate information and carefully address the behavior of Legionella in your water system environment to create your treatment plan. Our ISO-certified technicians conduct thorough testing and implement control solutions with a variety of chemicals and equipment that meet your business demands.

Biocides and chemicals are often sufficient, but not always. Engineering solutions and maintenance and cleaning processes are also important. Remember that your demands can change as work operations evolve, and Chardon Labs can keep up with these changes for a dependably clean system.

In addition to Legionella control, monitoring and testing, we also assist with other aspects, like:

  • Education.
  • Risk assessment.
  • Consultations.
  • Water management plan development.
  • Implementation assistance.
  • Cooling tower cleaning.

If your business needs a water management plan according to Standard 188, we can help you develop one through comprehensive surveys and risk assessments, along with an expert evaluation of the results, implementation and best practices to utilize moving forward.

Water Quality in Pittsburgh

Knowing about the water in the Pittsburgh area helps our service team create a chemical water treatment program for your system. Calcium and Alkalinity levels in the Pittsburgh area are typically low and manageable (around 60-80 ppm) and knowing how to properly cycle up and maximize your water usage and thus lowering utility costs, becomes very important in Pittsburgh. At Chardon, our service model ensures that we want to optimize the water treatment program put in place, and ultimately keep a clean and efficient system.

City Hardness Alkalinity
New Castle 62-176 180
Pittsburgh 45-180
Erie 80 100

HVAC Water Treatment

Commercial and industrial companies depend on HVAC systems that operate at optimal performance. Our HVAC water treatment services for the Pittsburgh area focuses on preventing scale, corrosion and biological growth through world-class treatment.

Our team treats HVAC systems with cooling towers, closed loops and boilers through a combination of treatment. We use corrosion and scale inhibitors, as well as cleaning and flushing, so your system continues to meet your cooling, heating and ventilation needs.

The Chardon Labs Difference

When you partner with Chardon Labs, you work with a company that has a goal of selling clean systems — not chemicals. Our goal is to deliver a holistic, comprehensive solution designed to protect your investment, improve efficiency and make managing water treatment simple. We keep operating costs low through efficient equipment and transparent pricing structures. We'll even work with you to establish a customized treatment plan and talk to you about potential utility credit programs that can reduce your energy, sewer, water and chemical costs in Pittsburgh and throughout the rest of Pennsylvania.

Whether your needs include controlling scale, biological growth or corrosion, the experts at Chardon Labs can help. Experience the difference of our approach by contacting us online or calling us today to learn more about our chemical water treatment solutions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.