Biofilms are communities of surface-attached bacteria growing inside a protective microbial secretion often called slime. Although integral to the ecology of life, biofilms are also the root cause of serious and costly problems in cooling water systems that impact:
- RELIABILTY: biofilms accelerate corrosion damage and reduce flow
- EFFICIENCY: biofilms reduce heat transfer and drive up energy costs
- SAFETY: biofilms contribute to the spread of pathogens like Legionella
The most difficult challenge your cooling systems face
Bacteria prefer to live in biofilms, which start out microscopic in size, but can grow into visible biofouling deposits in just a matter of DAYS. Their structure protects bacteria from biocide additions, allowing them to form highly sophisticated communities that constantly adapt to become resistant to chemical treatments and mechanical removal.
Biofilms tend to form in hard to reach places. When conditions become unfavorable, they propagate by releasing bacteria into the bulk water to inhabit other surfaces. Multiple survival mechanisms make biofilms incredibly tenacious and difficult to control. Should this be a concern? Yes!
Get Clean, Keep Clean™
Chem-Aqua’s Get Clean, Keep Clean program provides specialized products, equipment, and expertise needed to solve difficult biofilm problems. Our patented bioeXile® cleaning solution paired with our award winning bioDART® biofilm monitor is new, cutting-edge technology to clean your cooling water systems and keep them clean.
Biofilms Cause Serious Problems