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Flood Services Canada, Manages Large Glycol Spill in Toronto Condominium

Flood Services Canada (www.FloodServices.ca), the Greater Toronto Area’s leading 24-hour emergency flood, fire, and smoke damage restoration response service team, is announcing its recent handling of a large glycol spill at a condo in downtown Toronto.

In late January, a Toronto condominium was faced with a large spill of ethylene glycol, a liquid used in many products, including antifreeze, cosmetics, paint, and brake fluid. The source of the spill was a malfunctioning hose, which attached the building’s heat pump to its supply loop. When the hose no longer functioned properly, huge amounts of glycol were leaked into the source unit and several other units in the building. (Source: “Ethylene Glycol: Systemic Agent,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site; http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ershdb/EmergencyResponseCard_29750031.html, last accessed January 30, 2015.)

“Glycol is only considered mildly toxic—it’s only truly dangerous when ingested—but the amount of leakage we at Flood Services Canada had to handle created a dangerous environment for everyone,” says Chad Vanvari, owner of Flood Services Canada. “By the time we started with the restoration, the glycol had leaked into several units.”

Vanvari explains that the volume of leakage forced the Flood Services Canada team to tear out those areas affected by the glycol. Along with handling the leakage, the company also had to deal with significant water extraction throughout the units that were impacted.

“Walking into a situation like this, we knew that time was crucial. We needed to assess the problem quickly and then decide on a course of action to stop the leaking and restore the units,” Vanvari concludes. “I would say our team did a good job on all fronts and I’m proud of how they stuck together and effectively handled the situation.”

Its round-the-clock emergency flood services have made Flood Services Canada a trusted source throughout the GTA for responses to hazardous conditions. For more information, visit www.FloodServices.ca.

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Chad Vanvari

Chad Vanvari has over 20 years of experience as a cleaning & restoration professional. He started out in Montreal, establishing a commercial carpet cleaning company in the early 1990’s. By 2001, Chad had relocated to Toronto and now had extensive knowledge and experience in responding to fire/water related emergencies. He has been instrumental in the cleanup of several catastrophic floods. Currently, Chad is the president and owner of Flood Services Canada, a 24/7 emergency service restoration company.