SVI Industrial was called-in by a company in Kentucky to inspect their absorber system. This is what they found and repaired as a result of the inspection.

What did our absorber inspection find?

A visual and physical inspection of the vessel’s interior and exterior was performed from the floor. While the exterior inspection found no problems, the interior inspection showed several issues. For example, the interior wall found several hollow-sounding tiles and the glaze in a worn condition. When we inspected the floor, we found several courses of brick were dis-bonded and missing, a 30′ crack from the center of the floor to the wall, a crack in the middle of the tile, all the way around the absorber, and several additional hollow-sounding tiles in the south east quadrant. The ceiling also had issues: several Borosilicate Glass Blocks were dis-bonded and starting to fall out. The blocks had been pinned in the past.

What absorber repair solutions were offered?

As a result of this inspection SVI Industrial was able to provide several absorber repairs to this plant. We repaired the dis-bonded and missing floor brick and tile by:

  • Demolishing and removing several bricks and courses of tile.
  • Removing the center cap, as well.
  • Sandblasting the floor to remove contaminants.
  • Installing a coat of primer and several coats of flake filled vinyl ester coating.
  • Installing acid brick and tile in vinyl ester mortar.
  • Pointing the joints full with vinyl ester mortar.
  • Anchoring the existing center cap back into place
  • Sawing and pointing the crack in the center of the floor.

In addition, SVI was also able to help with the following absorber repairs:

  • Sawed the crack in the course of tile.
  • Cleaned the crack and pointed with vinyl ester mortar.
  • Sawed and pointed the crack, running from the center to the south, with vinyl ester mortar.
  • Removed the hollow-sounding tile in the south east quadrant of the floor.
  • Installed new tile in portland cement, sand, and bonding agent mixture.
  • Pointed the joints full with vinyl ester mortar.
  • Cleaned and pointed 100 linear ft. of recessed joints with vinyl ester mortar.
  • Removed the hollow-sounding wall tile around the west insert.
  • Installed new tile in portland cement, sand and bonding agent mixture.
  • Pointed the joints full with vinyl ester mortar.
  • Removed and replaced two 4′ x 4′ areas of loose tile on the south wall.

The wall inlet duct was repaired by:

  • Demolishing and removing the block on the one of the walls.
  • Sandblasting the area to remove contaminates.
  • Appling a coat of primer and then applied Adhesive/Membrane over the area.
  • Installing Borosilicate Glass Block in Adhesive/Membrane.

SVI was also able to repair the ceiling through:

  • Demolishing and removing the loose block throughout the ceiling.
  • Sand blasting the area to remove the contaminants.
  • Installing a coat of primer, applying Adhesive/Membrane over the area, and installing Borosilicate Glass Block in Adhesive/Membrane.

Do you need help with absorber repairs like these? Contact SVI Industrial today.