Disaster Remediation for Fire-Damage
Red-D-Arc provided high pressure 200 psi/375CFM compressors, dry ice blasting 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 blasting 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.
Dry ice blasting is a state-of-the-art cleaning method that can save time and money — typically the cleanup can be accomplished in one third the time of traditional cleaning methods and, even more important, the cleaning job is more thorough, especially in hard to reach places.
Powerful, non-destructive blast cleaning with minimal cleanup
Dry ice cleaning uses recycled CO2 in the form of solid dry ice particles as the cleaning media. There are a range of intensity settings available, depending on the application, ranging from deep, powerful surface cleaning to extremely fine settings for jobs requiring light cleaning. Dry ice is non-abrasive to most surfaces and can be used around delicate components, including electronics, which would be damaged by water or solvents. Dry ice turns to a gas after contact with the surface being cleaned — clean-up time is kept to a minimum and there is no waste material to dispose of.
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 is recognized around the world as the welder rental specialist. We have been renting welding equipment for more than 60 years and our welding-equipment fleet is now more than six-times larger than our closest competitor. But did you know that Red-D-Arc is a leader in Weld Automation, Diesel Generator Rental, Induction Heating Systems, Pipe Welding Equipment, Blast Cleaning Equipment, Specialty Equipment, and Cutting Tables? Over the past 20 years we have been listening to our customers and continuously adding new products and services to meet their needs.
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The staff at Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls were looking for a solution to quickly and efficiently remove worn epoxy coatings from the inside of their large cat enclosures. The Red-D-Arc Blasterentals team supplied the zoo staff with a Farrow 150 wet abrasive blasting system which was able to safely and efficiently remove the epoxy coatings. The Farrow 150 is an environmentally friendly wet blasting solution that is 100% non-toxic, which was an important consideration for this job, benefitting both the park staff and the animals. Red-D-Arc provided onsite training services and was able to have the park staff up and running within a very short period of time. If you’re considering sandblaster rental, but need an eco-friendly, wet blasting alternative, consider the Farrow 150.
A job well done by the Red-D-Arc Blasterentals team and a special thanks to the staff at the Tautphaus Park Zoo. For more blast cleaning customer application stories follow our blast cleaning specialists on Twitter: @Blasterentals1.