I’ll never forget the time I neglected my hot tub a little too long, returning to find a foul smell and a gross, clogged filter. Fortunately for me, a good scrubbing and refilling the tub with fresh water, followed by a couple of shock treatments, convinced me that the tub was safe for human habitation again. Let the relaxing begin!
Research at Purdue University won’t help stop me from neglecting routine home maintenance projects, but it could someday lead to a hot tub more resistant to bacteria and biofilms. Even more important, it could identify ways to prevent and eliminate the slimy films inside industrial piping and cooling equipment, where they decrease heat transfer efficiency and drive maintenance and water treatment costs.