Refurbishment & Spares
IWC has been active in the refurbishment of cooling towers for the past three decades. We also provide a turnkey services and spares solution to ensure your plant runs optimally at all times.
- Cooling Tower Refurbishment
- Heat Exchangers
- Asbestos Removal
- Cooling tower spare parts including fans, motors , drives, couplings, motors, fill (packing), distribution piping and nozzles, drift eliminators and louvers
- Replacement plates for all brands of plate heat exchangers
- Replacement gaskets for all brands of plate heat exchangers in various materials e.g. nitrile, EPDM, butyl, viton, hypalon and silicon
Our industry-recognised refurbishment solution includes the installation of fill material, drift eliminators, spray systems and nozzles as well as fan mechanicals. Old cooling towers can often be satisfactorily refurbished as an alternative to the purchase of a new tower. Our services includes:
- Site servicing of all makes and types of cooling towers
- Full refurbishment of all makes and types of cooling towers
- Refurbishment of fan blades
- Alignment of fan drives
- Site servicing of equipment e.g. dismantling, reassembly, and commissioning of all makes of plate heat exchangers
- Plate degreasing, descaling and passivation in heated baths
- Plate inspection
- Pressure testing
IWC is a registered asbestos removal contractor and has extensive experience in removing asbestos products from cooling towers.
Asbestos mining existed more than 4,000 years ago, but large-scale mining began at the end of the 19th century when manufacturers and builders began using asbestos for its desirable physical properties.
Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals which all have in common thin fibrous crystals, with each visible fibre composed of millions of microscopic “fibrils” that can be released by abrasion and other processes. They are commonly known by their colours - blue, brown, white and green asbestos.
Inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause serious and fatal illnesses including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis (a type of pneumoconiosis). Concern of asbestos-related illness in modern times began with the 20th century and consequently asbestos trade and use were heavily restricted, phased out, or banned outright in an increasing number of countries.
Despite the severity of asbestos-related diseases, the material has extremely widespread use in many areas, one of which is as cooling tower components for fill, drift eliminators and distribution piping. A number of cooling towers, both natural draught and mechanical draught, in operation today still make use of asbestos products which will at some point need to be removed and disposed of.
IWC completed the project for us and we were very satisfied with how IWC has responded to our requests in a timely and professional way. Gordon has done a good job assisting us and we’ll definitely remember IWC as a brand name in the future and even suggest it to others if the opportunity arisesWadii Boutamarhzoute – Elcor | Groupe Buzzichelli
Thank you for completing the work at site so quickly and accommodating us at short notice. Great jobs guys.Tyrone Naidoo (Engineer) – Air Products
I would like to express my gratitude for the speedy work installing the rubber bellows at such short notice. The work was completed without interruptions and delays to the program. Thank you so much and keep it up.Marcem Deresh – Superfecta Trading
Thank you for work well done. Happy with your service and we will continue to use you in the future.Yosheel Nair- Cool Lake Specialist Contractors
Despite strikes delaying progress, we knew we could count on IWC, thank you for a job well done.Adam Jonk (Workshop foreman) - Sasol