Is Your Cooling Tower a Threat to the General Public?

15 July 2019
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you are responsible for maintaining a larger building, whether residential or commercial, you have a certain amount of responsibility towards the people who come and go on a daily basis. You may be aware of this responsibility and address most of the obvious risks while feeling fairly confident about your position. Yet you may be overlooking something that could cause a serious health issue and is associated with the very function of your building. Could you be putting people at risk of contracting legionnaires' disease without even knowing it?

A Matter of Time

When was the last time that you serviced the cooling tower in your building? This is something that has to be done periodically, as otherwise the cooling tower can become contaminated by limescale and present a growing threat. Limescale contamination has been linked to an outbreak of legionnaires' disease in facilities very similar to yours and represents a very serious situation.

Serious Outbreak

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia that was first identified back in the '70s and is caused by airborne bacteria. People can contract the disease by breathing in contaminated mist that contains the bacteria, and these fine droplets (while invisible to the naked eye) may well originate from your cooling tower.

If you do some research, you will see many a horror story linked to this disease, and victims will almost always end up in a hospital. The authorities will always want to find the source of the issue as quickly as possible, and if they come knocking on your door, then you could suffer some serious reputational harm as well.

Getting Out Of Hand

It is very difficult to deal with the bacteria once it gets to a certain stage, and this is why it's important to clean your cooling tower on a regular basis. Limescale can build up over time, and once it is there, it's hard to get rid of. Not only that, but it will dramatically decrease the efficiency of the tower itself. This will lead to higher costs, bad working conditions and even an unsavoury smell.

Taking Action

If it's been some time since you inspected the cooling fill or cannot remember the last time that you did, you should call in the experts to help you as soon as possible. They will be able to assess the condition of your towers and take steps to remove any limescale.

Don't put this off any longer, as the repercussions don't bear thinking about. Get in touch with the appropriate contractor today.