Water damage business booms after monsoon storm

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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PHOENIX -- Crews must remove what the floodwater destroyed, and one business in trouble is putting another to work.

Clayton Hill of Home Care Assistance couldn't tell from the outside just how much damage was done.

"You can't tell when the carpet's wet until we start walking around and hearing a little squishing sound, and at that point, we were trying to figure out what happened," Hill said.

The water seeped in through the walls, and now the guys from ServiceMaster are getting it out.

"The walls are wet about 12 inches up, and so on this kind of loss, we have to remove dry wall and insulation that has been wet," said Garron Cadiente of Service Master. "So if we don't get that wall dry and that insulation stays inside that wall, we can have further secondary damages such as mold."

Hill has had to put his business on hold.

"We had to cancel a few appointments because of the water damage and the smell of the mildew building up in the carpets and walls," Hill said.

Cadiente's work is ramping up after the storm.

His crews are working 10- and 12-hour days to take out what's soaked and dry up what can be salvaged with dehumidifiers and air movers.

Cadiente estimates the damage to Home Care Assistance is $3,000 to $5,000.