NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Hurricane destruction sometimes opens up business opportunities to help those in need.
That's the case for a water restoration company in Nacogdoches, and their service ultimately satisfies customers in need of something familiar.
The switch, roar, and gurgles coming from Grogan Clean Care are heard as owner John Howell cleans rugs, lots of rugs, from flooded out Houston homes.
Howell has a buddy in Houston who is also in the water restoration business. Right now, the trade is in demand. Howell is helping out.
"I went down and got a load of rugs, I don't know, on the first," Howell said. "He called me back on the third and had that many more rugs. He's still got another pile. I talked to him yesterday."
Howell says cleaning rugs is a business, but also a service. He says customers who have to throw away so much are happy when something familiar can be saved.
"So they can at least have that from their past," Howell said.
Way before Harvey made its appearance, Howell had acquired a new rug cleaning device.
"This is what they call 'The Marinator,'" Howell said.
It's sort of a jacuzzi for carpets.
"There's a circulator pump right here that circulates water through the rug," Howell said.
After that, the water is extracted, and Howell sprays disinfectant to kill all that nasty stuff found in flood waters\
"Pesticides, chemicals, gasoline, diesel fuel, sewage," Howell said.
Then the rugs are hung out to dry.
"It's definitely usually a two-man job," Howell said.
Howell is storing as many of the clean rugs as he has room for and looking forward to the day when his customers' routine returns to a new normal.
"You got to be comforting and you know be positive about what you're doing and that everything will be OK," Howell said.
John Howell said Grogan Clean Care currently has at least two months of rug cleaning jobs from Houston customers.