The Alverton fire restoration


The Grade II* listed Alverton Hotel had a close call in January when fire crews were tasked to deal with a fire behind wood panelling in the Great Hall.

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Richfords Fire and Flood were called in by loss adjusters GAB Robins. Spokesman Ian Sutcliffe explains how important it was to try a different technique in this case:

“Our role is to help customers get back to business with limited interruption to their business, which for The Alverton Hotel meant re-opening the hall in time for the forthcoming wedding season.  Using a quick and efficient method has enabled their spring weddings to remain in place”.

Richfords Fire & Flood has been working closely with an innovative company by using its unique stone cleaning process. Grip Soot is a kind of latex which can be painted onto stone work. Richfords technicians applied it in the Great Hall, left it for a few days, and then peeled off the latex, which takes the soot with it.

Previously, the process would have taken weeks of dry sponging the whole surface to achieve the same result. Now using the two techniques in combination, the project could be speeded up, allowing the hotel to put the hall back into action as quickly as possible.