What is your challenge in keeping your cool-cell pads clean?
That’s the question we asked our Facebook audience last month. “Dust and dirt” was the leading response, followed by “algae,” “hard water,” “iron,” and “all of the above.”
We were surprised to learn, however, that growers on many farms don’t differentiate between algae, mineral build-up, or dust and dirt — all they know is that they’re struggling to keep their cool-cell pads clean, and they’ll do whatever it takes to resolve those challenges.
Too often, this leads people to utilize treatment options that are ultimately ineffective at attacking the true issue at hand.
If you’re investing thousands of dollars in cool-cells that you are hoping will last 10 years, but your cool-cell pads are not being properly maintained (or in some cases, are being neglected altogether), then those expensive cool-cells may only last up to five or six years at best.
DIY solutions like low-volume disinfectants or chlorine tablets are typically unable to really attack the problems you’re facing in keeping your cool-cell pads clean. They may offer short-term solutions, but in the long-term, they’re nearly always going to harm your cool-cells’ lifetime.
Thankfully, SWASHCOOL-CELL™ is specifically designed to keep cool-cells clean and functional, and increase your barn’s airflow. This revolutionary product can offer you the peace of mind that your investment in your cool-cell pads is protected.
Let’s explore a few different issues that present themselves in regards to cool-cell pads, and the proper protocols for treating each one:
Protocol to Successfully Treat Dust & Dirt on Cool-Cell Pads
In the above photo, you’ll see a prime example of a dust and dirt build-up issue. In this situation specifically, the well water has a high pH issue, which presents problems such as algae growth and increased dirt and dust build-up.
The SWASHCOOL-CELL™ protocol here would be to treat each sump (100 feet of cool-cell) with five gallons of product during the flock, when the cool-cells are operating on a frequent basis. Another option would be to treat between flocks — in that case, you would place five gallons of product in each sump and allow cool-cells to run between four and five hours a day for five days. After the five-day period has ended, the product can then be left in the system to control build-up and algae during the grow-out when you begin using your cool-cells again.
Steps to Effectively Treat Scaling on Cool-Cell Pads
In this photo, however, you can see that the farm had a hard water issue that led to scaling, greatly restricting the airflow through the pads and resulting in uneven water distribution. The appropriate SWASHCOOL-CELL™ protocol here would be to treat each sump (100 feet of cool-cell) with five gallons of product during the flock when the cool-cells are operating on a frequent basis.
Another option would be to treat between flocks — place 5 gallons of product in each sump and allow cool-cells to run four to five hours a day for five days.
In severe cases like this, the grower may need to dump the dirty water once the pads are cleaner, refill with fresh water, and re-treat with SWASHCOOL-CELL™. Continued use of this product on treated cool-cells during the grow-out will continue to remove hard water deposits and keep your cool-cells clean.
How to Treat Algae on Cool-Cell Pads
A word of caution: some growers experiencing issues with iron in their well water attempt to use chlorine tablets to combat algae growth. While the short-term use of chlorine tablets can help with algae growth, the long-term effects can be destructive to the cool-cell pads. We strongly recommend that growers discontinue the use of chlorinated products in their cool-cell systems due to the eventual damage those products will cause to the pads.
Here, we see a farm struggling with an iron issue in their well. Algae growth is enhanced both on the pads and on the PVC pipe, which will impact water flow. The protocol here for using SWASHCOOL-CELL™ actually begins prior to treatment, when you’ll need to dump the dirty water and refill with fresh water.
Then, place five gallons of SWASHCOOL-CELL™ per 100 feet of cool-cell directly in the sump when system is operating on a frequent basis — or if you’d rather treat between flocks, you can manually run cool-cells four to five hours a day for five days.
It is also recommended that, prior to treating your system with SWASHCOOL-CELL™, you thoroughly clean your filters as much as possible. The photo above displays the challenges that iron issues can cause in well water. Once you have completed treatment with SWASHCOOL-CELL™, however, your filters should self-clean after the product has been incorporated into use.
Issues with iron in well water can also lead to sumps getting stuck, along with overall poor operation. Treating with SWASHCOOL-CELL™ will minimize future rusting and help keep the sump pumps functioning properly.
Where can I find more information about SWASHCOOL-CELL™?
If you’re interested in learning more about SWASHCOOL-CELL™ and how the solution could control water quality, reduce build-up, and improve airflow in your evaporative cooling system, please contact FarmLab Innovations here. A member of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.