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Disaster by the Numbers

A sewage backup anywhere is bad.

A sewage backup in a kitchen is worse.

A sewage backup affecting two commercial-style kosher kitchens at a Jewish Community Center with Passover approaching is, well, a disaster.

PBI had to respond in a big way to get things back to normal in time for the holiday.

As you may know, a kosher kitchen is very different from a standard kitchen.  Here's an excerpt from a New York Times article about converting the White House kitchen for a Hanukkah celebration:  

"It's no small feat to turn a kitchen kosher. To start, a very thorough cleaning (as in every surface and utensil) must be meticulously orchestrated ... the process took a team of workers more than four hours to complete, not including the sanitation of cooking utensils done the day before (the utensils have to set for at least 24 hour hours after cleaning before they're okay to use) ... Kosher cooking requires absolute separation of meat and dairy products, and it's not something that can be tackled half-heartedly. "

So needless to say, getting these kitchens up and running in time for the holiday was a huge undertaking.  How huge?

Our Project By the numbers:

2: Kitchens affected

4,500: Square feet of space flooded

10,000: Gallons of raw sewage

6: Extraction units

2: Pump trucks

?: Tons of contents removed, cleaned, disinfected and replaced

2: Feet of drywall removed around base of walls

5: Specialty trades involved: Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, cabinetmakers, countertop specialists

8: Hours for the City to respond

10: Minutes for the City to fix the problem

1: Happy Passover