Cooling Tower Leak Repair

Location: Richardson, Texas

Industry: HVAC

The cooling tower for an office building in Richardson, Texas was leaking hundreds of gallons of water and needed to be replaced. While the office building was closed over July fourth weekend in 1996, the repair crew had 48 hours to repair the leaks in the basin, completely recoat the inside and outside of the basin and the entire structure, including insulated piping and hot boxes, and return the structure to full operating status.

Challenge

The cooling tower for an office building in Richardson, Texas was leaking hundreds of gallons of water and needed to be replaced. While the office building was closed over July fourth weekend in 1996, the repair crew had 48 hours to repair the leaks in the basin, completely recoat the inside and outside of the basin and the entire structure, including insulated piping and hot boxes, and return the structure to full operating status.

Solution
The inside surface of the basin was prepared for coating with a light blasting of the surface. The holes were repaired using a polymer mesh and Novocoat EC306 paste with an immediate flood coat of SP2000R to seal and protect the basin substrate. In addition, SP2000R was used to coat all other surfaces and the job was completed within thirty-six hours.

Ten years later, the cooling tower is still operating in satisfactory condition. The life of the cooling tower has been extended by double, at a cost of approximately 15% of the replacement cost.

There are hundreds of other cooling towers across the U.S.A. with a similar story of how SP2000R saved the day.