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Mt. Carmel Methodist Church Polar Vortex

Client Mt. Carmel Methodist Church
Location Maryland
Scope Of Work Flood Restoration

Project Detail

  • 3-levels, including a gymnasium
  • $322,000 project
  • Broken sprinkler pipe
  • Dried and reconstructed 2 weeks ahead of schedule

As temperatures plummeted during the Polar Vortex that hit the Mid-Atlantic region in January of 2014, Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Frederick, MD had a sprinkler pipe burst flooding all three levels of this church and classroom environment. This occurred in the middle of the night, and one of the pastors was alerted of the water emergency by the alarm company. Upon arriving to the building he could hear water running and see it coming out of the doors. Paul Davis Restoration was contacted and arrived at the scene within one hour. The damage was pervasive. Water saturated the ceilings on each level and was inside the ductwork, running down the stairways. It soaked nearly everything inside, including historical church documents and artifacts. Even with the latest in drying technology being used, their brand new gym floor had to be replaced. Each classroom had to be thoroughly dried and ceiling tiles replaced. Paul Davis Restoration’s contents team was able to salvage many irreplaceable items that were dear to the church community. Air quality and mold concerns were a priority, as this church is used by a large section of the community for classes, socializing, and church each day of the week. Mitigation, drying, and restoration was completed in 10 weeks, which was two weeks ahead of schedule.