DKI Member Company Involved in Large Los Angeles Loss

December 10, 2003

Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., a network of quality, independent property damage restoration contractors, announced that one of its newest member companies recently handled a large loss at a government facility in Los Angeles.

In the early hours of Oct. 16, Immediate Response Service Company (IRS), based in Mission Hills, Calif., responded to an emergency call at the United States Federal Building in Los Angeles.

The shut-off valve for one of the main water tanks reportedly malfunctioned, draining the entire contents of the tank down 18 floors into the basement, and causing excessive flooding. This structure not only houses the Los Angeles-area FBI, but also an irreplaceable collection of U.S. historic artifacts.

By the time IRS’s emergency response team had mobilized, the ceilings, carpet, and plaster walls had been soaked in the lobbies on the 12th to the 18th floors. Water had also flooded the stairwells and elevator shafts from the 12th floor all the way down to the basement. Though a Federal Security Employee escorted each technician on-site at all times, IRS employees worked to stabilize the building within several hours and were able to start the drying process in a short period of time.

On the first day alone, IRS project coordinators John Scott and Michael Terrano put a combined 26 hours into the cleaning and drying of all 19 floors. Another DKI member, Better Floors and Restoration, based in Placentia, Calif., provided extra equipment for IRS’ numerous employees to use.

“We are pleased and proud that one of our newest member companies, IRS, was able to tackle this large loss with such skill and efficiency,” said Dale Sailer, president of Disaster Kleenup International. Their success in this arena is a proven testament to the caliber of our members, and it reinforces DKI’s position as The Source For Quality Restoration.”

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