New business offers certified restoration of water damage

June 05, 2010
  • Lynn Deibert is owner of 1-800 Water Damage, which specializes in applied structural drying of water-damaged structures.
Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

Name of business: 1-800 Water Damage

Owner: Lynn Deibert

Address: P.O. Box 22, Fairplay, MD 21733

Opening date: Nov. 1, 2009

Products and services: "We provide residential and commercial water damage remediation services, provided by an IICRC (Institute of Inspections, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified firm. All of our technicians and owner are IICRC certified.

"We specialize in applied structural drying of water-damaged structures. Water damage comes in all sorts of forms, including pipe leaks, dishwasher or washing machine leaks, sink overflows, seepage, roof leaks and sewage back-up just to name a few.

"1-800 Water Damage delivers dry in place methods by using state-of-the-art technology with focus on restoration and not replacement."

Market area: "We are currently licensed in Maryland and Pennsylvania, soon to be servicing the Tri-State later this year."

How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it?: "I was previously working as a sub-contractor for FEMA during major disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, Ike, Gustav and others. After several years of working with homeowners affected by large disasters, and after having my own experience with water damage, I decided to open a business that could help homeowners locally during disasters, large and small.


"When emergency situations happen, homeowners are already distraught; I want to assist the homeowner (and business owner) by restoring their home and/or business to pre-loss condition with as little stress to them as possible. I chose the 1-800 Water Damage franchise because they focus on restoring as much as possible without tearing out materials that can be safely restored."

Previous business experience: "I previously worked as a Disaster Housing Inspector and have more than 15 years in management, training and volunteer experience (MIHI, Project Lifesaver of Washington County, Women Build and others)."

Number of employees: Four

Hours: 24 hours/seven days a week

Telephone number: 1-800 Water Damage (1-800-928-3732) or 240-329-9200

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