Disaster Remediation for Fire-Damaged Property
Red-D-Arc provided high pressure 200 psi/375CFM compressors, dry ice cleaning machines, ice, and on-site operator/safety training to labor crews in a time-constrained situation as part of emergency management and response effort to address a university garage fire disaster in Houston.
The dry ice cleaning process was used to clean up soot and carbon contaminated surfaces bringing it back to pre-disaster condition. Through the expert support of Red-D-Arc’s Dry Ice Blasting Team the customer was able to compress cleaning time-frames and complete the project in less than a week enabling the critical service delivery infrastructure to get back to the educational community in a short period of time.
A project manager approached Red-D-Arc with an interesting challenge. Their power plant stack had a failing paint system which needed to be prepped for repainting in order to prevent further corrosion. They needed a method of prepping the surface of the 60 foot tall stack which could be performed without the use of scaffolding and would not produce any residual waste, since it might interfere with sensitive components.
Red-D-Arc’s Blasting Specialists suggested dry ice blasting (DIB). Dry ice blasting is an environmentally sustainable cleaning and surface preparation method. It uses dry ice pellets which requires absolutely no clean up, unlike traditional surface preparation methods like grit, HP water and chemicals. Not to mention, dry ice blasting is very fast, effective and inexpensive.
Red-D-Arc offers dry ice blasting systems for rent, sale and lease. The customer decided to rent a Cold Jet A80 HP package complete with nozzle extension, extra hoses, air compressor and dry ice. Replacement equipment was also kept on-site to reduce down time in case maintenance was required. Two members of the Red-D-Arc Blasterentals team provided a one day training program for their staff.
The customer performed intermittent blasting for about one month and were very pleased with the results. So much so that the Project Manager decided to completely remove the failing paint rather than just cleaning it as originally planned. They estimated this method saved them about $40,000 compared to other methods that they had considered.
Visit our Dry Ice Blasting webpage or contact one of our Dry Ice Blasting Specialists to learn more about the many advantages of dry ice blasting.
Red-D-Arc Welderentals™ an Airgas company rents and leases welders, welding positioners, welding-related equipment, and electric power generators – anywhere in the world. Our rental welders, positioners and specialty products have been engineered and built to provide Extreme-Duty™ performance and reliability in even the harshest environments, and are available through over 70 Red-D-Arc Service Centers, strategically located throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands, as well as through strategic alliances in the Middle East, Spain, Italy, Croatia, and the Caribbean. From our rental fleet of over 60,000 welders, 3,700 weld positioners, and 3,700 electric-power generators, we can supply you with the equipment you need – where you need it – when you need it.
Trucking companies like Smith Transport need to get at least 12 years out of their trailers. Replacement costs are substantial at over $70,000. In 2007 the US trucking industry began using epoxy coating to protect against corrosion. Over time the epoxy gets broken down by the elements and needs to be stripped to allow for visual inspection and repairs. This is a time consuming process requiring a team of up to 12 workers scraping the coatings for more than a week.
Using the power of the Farrow 150, Smith Transport was able to cut prep time per trailer from weeks down to hours. The protective coatings are stripped from the trucks so that they can be inspected, recoated and returned to service in less time, and at a fraction of the cost. Fleet life is extended, down time reduced, and money is saved. That’s smart business.
Red-D-Arc offers an extensive line of Farrow Coating Removal equipment for sale, lease and rent.
We were pleasantly surprised to find this incredible video on the National Geographic website. (It’s a bit different from what one might expect i.e. lion, sharks and other natural phenomenon ) The video wonderfully illustrates the power of dry ice blasting. Incredibly, this blasting medium is strong enough to strip hardened tar yet gentle enough to remove the ink from a business card without damaging the paper. Great work by the folks at ColdJet demoing this incredible technique. The video nicely demonstrates just how effective and specific this technique can be.
Red-D-Arc has a number of different dry ice blast cleaning machines available for hire.