I came to work on an inconspicuous Tuesday to a note with instructions written on it indicating, “Please call this lady for more information.”
I prioritized my inbox, and organized this piece of paper in with everything else that needed my immediate attention. When I got back to that piece of paper and picked up the phone, I was not at all prepared for what this potential customer was experiencing.
As I introduced myself and started to explain what I needed from her to simply get her into our system, I could hear and almost FEEL her exhale with relief that someone was finally willing to help her. She started off strong, explaining her situation in great detail. But as the story progressed and the details got worse, she quickly deteriorated into panic mode. The rest of her story came out muffled behind her pauses to catch her breath in order to speak through her tears. I sat on the other end of the phone both in shock and with extreme empathy but also with optimism that we might be able to put the puzzle pieces back together for her.
Since signing on with Massaro Restoration just a few short months ago, I had not yet had a phone conversation like this. I was, however, fairly warned from the beginning that we consistently deal with people that have had their most prized possession fall victim to hardship: their home. That aspect of the job greatly appealed to me because after spending 15 years in what is usually a very monotonous position, I wanted to shift my career path in a way that allowed me to use my skill set for something more meaningful; I wanted to help people.
I’ve heard it said in the halls of our building that, “Our guys may not be knights on white horses, but they are saving the day in a white truck!” Never before did that expression resonate so deeply with me until I had the opportunity to cross paths with this particular potential customer. I now envision the look of relief on a homeowner’s face when our “rescue team” shows up and is ready to help them. I now fully understand that the papers that come through here are not just invoices and work orders but papers with stories that come to life in the field. I now comprehend how we are not just providing a service, but rather we are providing peace of mind. I now realize that we are heroes and the voice of reason when the world is crumbling around a person in crisis.
What I hope is that our customers realize they are more than just a number to us, and the voice they hear on the other end of the phone when they call in panic, sincerely cares about what happened to them and wants, more than anything, to make it right again.
Article by Lisa Yuzon, Administrative Assistant
When it comes to water damage to a residential or commercial property, there is more than meets the eye.
Here are some water facts and figures as they pertain to the restoration industry:
1. Water is capable of dissolving a variety of different substances. In fact, water is known as the “universal solvent” because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid.
2. A sheet of drywall standing upright with its edge sitting in a ½” of water can wick water up to 6 inches in less than three hours.
3. Mold typically begins to grow in 24 to 48 hours in an untreated moist environment.
4. A good indication of a failing hot water heater is a puddle of water underneath it, indicating a slow leak, or rusted or corroded fittings on the top of the heater. If you don’t investigate the leak ASAP, you may quickly flood your home because water heaters are under a great deal of water pressure.
5. There are three categories of water contamination defined in the restoration industry:
- Category One – Water from a clean water source with no substantial risk of causing sickness or discomfort. Examples include water from a broken water supply pipe or an overflowing bath tub.
- Category Two – Water that has a significant degree of chemical, biological, and/or physical contamination. Examples include water from aquariums, dishwasher or clothes washer leaks, and water entering the structure from below grade. Discharged Category One water that sits untreated more for more than 24 hours becomes Category Two.
- Category Three – Water emanating from a grossly unsanitary source or carrying disease causing agents. Examples include discharges from sewer or septic systems/pipes and flood waters. Discharged Category One water that sits more for more than 48 hours becomes Category Three. Discharged Category Two water that sits more for more than 24 hours becomes Category Three.
6. Controlling pathogenic microorganisms during a restoration project may require the use of chemical agents that act as biocides. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has defined three levels of biocidal activity:
- Sanitizers – Designed to reduce the number of microorganisms.
- Disinfectants – Designed to destroy or inhibit the growth of microorganisms but not necessarily their spores.
- Sterilizer – Designed to destroy all microorganisms (fungi/molds, bacteria, viruses, etc.) and their spores.
Some relevant conversions:
14 cubic feet of air weighs 1 lb.
1 gallon of water weighs 8.34 lbs.
7.48 gallons in a cubic foot.
1 cubic foot of water weighs 62.4 lbs.
No need to remember all of this scientific stuff, at Massaro Restoration Services we put our expert knowledge to work in getting you quickly back to normal after a water loss disaster.
Article by Franco Tavella, Business Development Executive