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2006-05-01 - Smoke and Fire Damage Removal from County Records

One of the specialty services being used to help restore the Sevier County Administration Building was developed by a man who has deep ties in the county.

Randell Heath is president and founder of Cold Sweep, a company that specializes in dry ice blasting. He is also a graduate of North Sevier High School and a former resident of Redmond.

He was brought into the Sevier County project to use his technique to clean off smoke and fire damage from county records.

Dry ice blasting is a process in which particles of solid carbon dioxide, commonly known as dry ice, are propelled at high velocity to clean metal, wood and other materials.

"This is the first time we've done books," Heath said. Using a piece of equipment that looks like it belongs on the set of a Ghostbusters movie, the smoke stains, as well as years of grime from being used at the county building, seems to evaporate. The result is a clean book, one that looks 20 years newer than it did before the process.

"It's like sandblasting, without the mess," Heath said. As the particles of dry ice hit the object they are propelled against, they melt away into the air. Heath said the carbon dioxide he uses is a byproduct of some other industrial use, such as a power plant.

"I'm using a recycled product that's environmentally friendly," Heath said.

One of the high profile projects his company has helped with is the restoration of the Utah State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City. His company was hired to remove lead paint from brass fixtures, which it was able to do without damaging the brass.

Heath said his company is also looking at utilizing its technology to strip paint from classic cars for restoration.

"It seems like every week we are doing something new with this," Heath said.

Cold Sweep is a subcontractor with Utah Disaster Kleenup, the company hired to scrub the county building after an April 27 fire.

Link to the article in The Richfield Reaper