Splash-out is one of those small issues with a tower that we always plan to fix, but it has a tendency to fall to the bottom of the priority list. However, with summer coming to an end and fall work commencing, it’s a worthwhile time to think about splash-out. It can be an annoying problem in the warm weather but intensifies to a potential safety hazard in the wintertime as ice can begin to form around your tower.
And, of course, keeping circulating water inside the tower has many benefits: It saves water costs, chemical costs, equipment costs, and reduces potential for hazardous ice buildup around your tower.
The good news is that you can reap these benefits by following a few simple steps. Preventing drift from leaving the tower is key. So, you want to make sure your drift eliminators are in place and not clogged. You’ll also want to eliminate any gaps in the drift eliminator field by utilizing DriSeals around penetrations and utility angles at any wall or partition. It’s important to check your nozzles, as well, for any plugging or broken nozzles that would cause an imbalance of water and airflow within the tower.
To prevent splash-out in field-erected counterflow towers, you can utilize splash-out reducers on the air inlet structure to direct water back into the tower basin and splash angles and diverters to direct water where you want it to go within the tower. Lastly, you’ll want to make sure your cellular and blade louvers are in place and not plugged or missing.
Keep an eye out for our new CL80 for improvements over existing inlet louvers on all packaged towers. It will be available in two depths (2.5” and 3.2”) when commercial production begins in early 2017!