Cooling Tower Start-Up: Cleaning the Tower

Cooling Tower Start-Up: Cleaning The Tower

The Cooling Season Returns

Spring normally means robins, daffodils, baseball, and getting your cooling tower back in action.

Thanks to our early spring this year, many cooling towers are coming back on-line early after their winter’s rest.

This is a key time to get things up and running right. Returning the cooling tower to action is simple enough, but it’s important to perform your due diligence and get everything ship-shape for the next six to eight months of cooling activity, before the seasons spin back to winter. Spring cleaning is a universal custom, and it applies to your cooling tower especially.

How to Clean the Tower

Here’s what to do when starting up after tower shut-down.

Clean the sides of the tower:

Some towers permit the drift eliminators to be removed and laid on the ground. If that’s the case, remove them and lay them out. Knock the calcium deposits off, and sweep them up while they’re still dry. This makes clean up easier. Next, carefully use a pressure washer to rinse off the drift eliminators, and then replace them on the tower.

Clean the Basin:

Sweep it, and then pick up dry debris. Now rinse it, and collect any debris that accumulates.


After the tower circulates for a short time, it may need minor cleaning. And remember , all towers, everywhere, should be cleaned quarterly.

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