Case Studies

Case Study #1: Costco

Thursday, December 18th, 2008 – An electrical short in a flower refrigerator sparked a blaze, igniting pallets of paper products in the middle of the Costco warehouse. 75 firefighters spent 2 hours extinguishing the blaze. “There was so much smoke our visibility was zero,” said Division Chief. The 140,000sq ft facility sustained heavy smoke damage. All warehouse products would require replacement and the store closed for 30 days.

Projected Loss $36,500,000
$1,000,000/day loss for store closure
– estimated 30 days
$30,000,000
Cost of product disposal, restocking, new shipments $ 500,000
Damaged contents to be removed & replaced $ 6,000,000
Expected loss $36,500,000
Actual Results
The smell was eliminated from all products including;
pillows, clothing, couches and sold as new.
Two day operating loss & cleaning of fire area $2,015,000
Cost of Set up & rental of the Odorox machines $ 200,000
Total Restoration cost $2,215,000

Costco Insurance savings = $34,285,000
Costco awarded a contract to Odorox to supply equipment for all their restoration jobs in NA.

 

Case Study #2: Chapters Book Store

Electrical fire/ medium odor and light particulate to 16,000 sq. ft. area
Fire occurs at closing time
$30,000/day business interruption cost
22 staff work with HGI UV units in the work environment
Equipment installed:
9 UV Decontamination units
10 air movers
5 Hepa Filtration Units
Store opens on time at 9 am the next morning
No business interruption claimed or paid

 

Case Study #3: Protein Fire – Residential Unit

Originated in the kitchen of a 2 storey 4500 sq. ft. home
odor is present throughout
5 UV Units installed with 10 air movers
3 staff
Immediate area is cleaned thoroughly, adjacent areas vacuumed and dusted
No dry cleaning of upholstery or carpet cleaning needed, no painting
No ALE claimed or paid, residents never left site
Adjuster completely satisfied
Equipment installed:
9 UV Decontamination units
10 air movers
5 Hepa Filtration Units
Store opens on time at 9 am the next morning
No business interruption claimed or paid

 

Case Study #4: Smoke Damage

Commercial building with 5 levels – all 5 levels affected
Adjuster gives 1 level to 5 different restoration contractors
HGI UV units use on level 4 (4th floor)
4th floor is the only floor where business remains open and no interruption claimed or paid

 

Case Study #5: Pig Barn Air Purification Test

The test took place at the breeding facility in one bay of 400 pigs.
Prior to the Odorox machine being installed the pigs were pale in color, had distended veins in their head and runny noses. The animals were skittish, hyperactive in nature and aggressive. Their intake of food and water was below normal and the air in the barn was quite foggy due to the ammonia and H2S gases. Normally, there were fatalities in the barn on a regular basis.
After 4-6 hours after installation the air started to clear.
After 24 hours:
– Air was much cleaner
– Pigs were noticeably more playful, relaxed, many were laying down. – Skin tone was pinkish, distended veins were noticeably reduced.
– Pigs were eating and drinking more regularly and were less skittish.
There were no fatalities once the units were running.