A couple of months ago, a major Southern specialty contractor reached out to Pumpcoat. They had won a big job overhauling several kitchens in an assisted living complex and were looking for some help. The original kitchen hoods were made of steel and had rusted and corroded almost beyond repair. This caused a major health hazard and a crucial part of the job was bringing them up to code. The contractors initially felt that they needed to pull all the hoods and replace or “re-skin” the range hoods with new stainless steel. Both options were going to be prohibitively expensive, so there had to be a third choice.
Lucky for them (and us!), that is when they heard about the unique rebuilding qualities of Pumpcoat’s Arcor S-30 Epoxy. Arcor S-30 is a high functioning epoxy that contains Zinc Phosphate, which is great for inhibiting corrosion. Its high heat durability makes S-30 an excellent primer for things like range hoods, heat exchangers, pipes, and other heat conductors. It is also rated for immersion service so it can be used in water applications.
With S-30 as a primer, they then used our Arcor S-16 as a top coat, which is also perfect for high-heat applications, NSF-certified for portable water, and USDA-certified for incidental food contact. Along with the products, we provided them with a procedure for cleaning and applying the materials.
In the end, thanks to Acror S-30 and S-16 our clients coated a dozen kitchens all while reducing their project costs by 75%! Now that’s what we call a win-win!
Recently, the Pumpcoat team ran up to Boston to exhibit at the 2012 Architecture Boston Expo (ABX). More specifically, we went to highlight the offerings of our highly sought after PCI Contractor Specialist Division. The show, which ran from November 14-16 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, is one of the largest events for the design and construction industry in the country, with a large contingency from Pumpcoat’s native New England region.
We were excited about showcasing everything that our PCI Contractor Specialist Division has to offer for the commercial, industrial, and institutional architectural field. While at ABX, we displayed work we are doing for a number of different local universities and businesses including:
- A wide range of concrete repair, reinforcement, and durable coatings projects
- Adding non-slip coating to floors and ramps
- Solving ADA compliance issues
- Fixing loading docks, repairing exteriors, parapets, and roofs
The show was a success all around. We spent most of our time building real relationships and networking with a whole bunch of local and national clients. Because of our unique offerings as a full service and maintenance provider, our booth stood out when set against companies offering windows, flooring, artisan glass and modern furnishings. If you want to learn more about our outstanding PCI Contractor Specialist Division, visit our website, or contact us today.
We send our team on all kinds of missions, often into uncharted territory. That being said, we always strategize on and implement fastidious safety measures before taking on a new assignment. Using one job as an example, a labor-intensive project where we acted as a subcontractor for a fellow mechanical repair company, we’d like to give you a glimpse into the measures we take to ensure the safety of the client and our crew.
The setting was in an industrial park. Our workers entered the job through 23-inch manways (picture hatch-like doors.) They found themselves inside of two cylindrical water tanks, 12 feet in diameter by 30 feet in height. Then began the prep-work itself: this involved grit-blasting the interiors, removing all the abrasive by shovel, and then thoroughly vacuuming the surfaces. Lastly, we brushed and rolled coating on the floors and up the inside walls of the tanks.
In a setting like this, we are especially vigilant about our “confined space program.” Here are a few examples of what that includes:
Safety Apparel: Each worker is fully suited and wears a respirator.
Air Flow: Fresh air and oxygen is pumped into the interior of the tanks.
Monitoring: A special meter is used to take measurements of the air inside the tank both before the job begins and at intervals during the job. This verifies that there are not toxic levels of different gases.
Emergency Measures: Safety retrieval equipment is on standby in the event that quick removal of a worker is necessary. This is often a harness and rope, but in some instances, we will be prepared with tripods (a special piece of equipment that looks like a camera tripod and allows for a zip line to be lowered into the space for retrieval.)
While on the topic of safety, we also fully evaluate the purpose/use of the end product. In this case, the high gloss epoxy system, a 3 layer system called NSP 120 was not only chosen for its performance in vertical applications and ability to stand up to severe abrasives and chemicals; it is also certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) as an approved coating for portable water. For things holding food or drinking water, it is imperative to choose a coating that won’t break down and run the risk of becoming a contaminant. We certainly matched the right product to this project.
As we’ve talked about in our last posts, we’ve been heavily involved with a bunch of facility upgrades as of late, yet no two projects we work on are ever truly the same. Each time, we mobilize our crew and determine the best strategy, taking into consideration the particular needs of the job and keeping problem-solving and cost-cutting as our highest priorities.
We recently had another contract for bathroom floors (kind of like the one for the Correctional Facility). This time, the client was for a university in the Boston area. As part of a facility upgrade involving new plumbing and wall coatings, we were called in to do the flooring for 58 bathrooms.
Each unique project calls for our engineering expertise in picking the right products. For instance, we must take into consideration design, durability, and safety. In this case, this translated into high color retention, low maintenance and low slipperiness. For these bathrooms, used by thousands of students, we chose a product that we distribute, Duraflex’s multi-coat seamless epoxy system.
Completing a dozen bathrooms at a time, the floors got 3 coats: a basecoat, a broadcast coat and an Ultra clear glaze top coat. Each was carefully selected to achieve the desired effects. The broadcast coat, when chosen properly like in this case, can add non-slip elements and can also be matched to different color schemes.
Whether calling us in to solve your problems or enlisting our support in choosing the right products for your own project, having 30 years of experience allows Pumpcoat to help you navigate through all of your options.
Any homeowner who has dealt with roofing issues can most likely relate to the headache, stress and oftentimes, bank account-draining experience involved. But it’s not just homeowners who experience these problems. A recent, potentially disastrous leak at a power plant got us thinking about how roof wear-and-tear can affect industrial and residential properties alike.
No matter the building or house, there are certain precautions and techniques used to protect the roof from the elements. One such method is known as roof flashing, where pieces of metal or aluminum are shaped and secured around areas like joints or protrusions – eaves and chimneys – or other intersections. It’s an age-old method of keeping your house watertight, and it works well… up to a point.
This protection can become faulty over time and is also often the likely culprit behind roof leakage. In fact, almost 80% of reported roof leaks are found to be caused by flashings and penetrations. With this recent leak in the fan room of a power plant in West Springfield, Pumpcoat discovered multiple damaged flashing stacks to be the cause. Averting major damage, our field supervisor and a few workers used a special technique to diagnose the problem areas on the 1000 square foot roof. That way, we could figure out the leakage location and plan a strategy to prevent further leaking and repair the flashing.
Not only did we re-flash the area, we also applied an EPDM Rubber Membrane to the roof. This unique coating goes on as a thick liquid that pools onto the roof. Using a squeegee, the liquid is then distributed around the roof. After 14-odd hours, the liquid begins to cure, becoming fully cured in several days. EPDM rubber is a material commonly used for radiator hoses, freezer seals, pond liners; things where containing water is a priority and tough conditions/changing temperatures might be an impediment. You can also get the rubber in white or black, depending on your needs. (The white offers a substantial deal of heat reflectivity which saves on the heating and cooling costs within the plant.)
At Pumpcoat, we are always eager and willing to solve your problems and repair damage, but we also like to share our experiences so that we can aid our customers in prevention and maintenance.
There’s an old military catchphrase, “spit and polish,” that captures what a soldier’s attitude should be to his uniform and equipment. “Spit and polish” is all about setting high personal standards you’re your presentation as a serviceman, and then maintaining those high standards to fault, down to the last button on your jacket and the last square inch of your rifle barrel. It’s the neatness and precision of the American military that’s always been a factor in maintaining proper discipline during peacetime and being victorious during wartime. So when a manufacturing client, one that builds electronic precision sensors for the military and for law enforcement, came to us to help polish the concrete floor of the new facility it was expanding into, we knew we’d be polishing concrete till it shone with mil-spec sheen.
The new facility was actually an old facility that the company had rehabilitated, and while it gave them extra room to expand their business, the place was a mess. The concrete floor, in particular, needed a huge amount of work. Our client wanted a concrete floor that would shine like brass, one on whose surface it would be impossible to lose sight of dropped or misplaced items. But the floor was dirty and distended from years of neglect. They wanted to move into the new place quickly, so they wanted us to get the floor done ASAP (another military term you should be familiar with). In short, it was nothing we couldn’t handle.
With our knowledge in concrete polishing, we set about patching up the pitted surface of the floor so that all surfaces were completely even. Then, we went over each square foot of floor with specialized polishing machinery, scrubbing the grit, dust, and opacity away from the concrete so that when we were done, one could see one’s own reflection in the floor. It came out neat, tidy, and “polished” to flawless military standard… not a drop of “spit” ever once required.
If there’s one thing we’ve hopefully made clear on this blog we’re no strangers to risk, exposure, or performing difficult tasks at Pumpcoat, especially when it means repairing vital infrastructure for a valued client. Well… in this particular episode, as luck would have it, we got a little bit of all three of the former while performing repair work on natural gas jets for a client in Connecticut. That being said, at the end of the day, we got repaid handsomely by achieving everything we set out to do on behalf of our client, which is always a good feeling.
Our client uses natural gas jets in its transformer yards to help it generate the raw voltage needed to power homes and businesses throughout Connecticut. Our client was experiencing some difficulty maintaining parts of several of these jets, all of which are housed in buildings in transformer yards. The structures that contained the gas jets were beginning to show signs of deterioration, notably with their roofing and door latches. If the structures weren’t dealt with quickly and efficiently, it would eventually have consequences for the state’s power grid that no-one wanted to have on their hands.
The repair work would have been fairly easy, but for the fact that transformer yards have serious levels of voltage coursing through them at every given instant, something along the lines of 115,000 v. in certain instances. It was a learning curve we had to climb quickly, mastering the art of wearing protective cotton clothing in the event of “arc flashes” amid the power lines. If we’d been wearing any pieces of polyester clothing, they might have actually melted. Additionally, we had to hire a man-lift crane to reach the tough spots on the rooftops of the natural gas jet buildings.
During the course of a month, we performed work on sites throughout the state, including in Torrington, Branford, and Franklin. It was meticulous, sometimes even difficult work, but we stayed our course and completed all repairs within the given time-frame. The success of this job is due to a unique blend of talents: welding, fabricating, field work coordination, mechanical repair and coating expertise.
All in all, we did a great job; our client certainly thought so. We look forward to braving the voltage of other transformer yards in the near future!